Grief support groups, condolence advice, funeral etiquette and more
A continutaion of the "When a Spouse or Partner Dies" thread.
Latest Conversations: 22 hours ago
This might be a rough time for many of you. Do what you feel you need to do to get through it. Remember, someone is here almost all the time to talk to you.
Started by Tim's Mom, Vickie. Last reply by Michele Jul 21.
Started by Sharon Kinsey. Last reply by Frances C Younger Jun 24.
Started by Bonny Jones. Last reply by Bonny Jones Jan 22.
Dear Janeo -- This past winter, a pipe burst in my garage-converted TV room. My daughters helped me and we used a Shop-Vac, plus a rug shampooer to suck up as much of the water as possible from the rug. Then we pulled up the entire rug and padding. We discarded the padding and purchased new from a local carpet store. Before laying the new padding, we had to thoroughly clean and dry the cement floor. We used a mold-killing detergent to clean the floor, then used fans and electric heaters to dry it -- it took 3 days. During that time, we rolled out the carpet on our porch and inspected it for damage. Since it was still in good shape, we air-dried it for the 3 days, hanging it over our long porch railings. we also used fans and electric heaters to dry the carpet backing. With the help of our teen-aged grandchildren and their friends, we laid down the new padding with new adhesive and the dry carpeting, re-tacking it to the original tack strips. It was a huge under-taking and we could not have done it without the help of everyone in the family. A plumber repaired the broken pipe and we inserted an air vent in the wall to allow warm air from the room to prevent the pipe from freezing again. I know your circumstances are quite different, but I just wanted you to know how our family, working together, was able to overcome the disaster. In fact, the TV room was originally converted, by my wonderful husband, to be a bedroom for my mother. Both my husband and my mother are gone, now -- but, I thank God that we are still a family that works together. My husband could build anything and he taught us all so much about being self-sufficient.
When I first saw the water-soaked carpet in my TV room, I just felt so helpless, frightened and alone -- but, family came through for me. I wish you success with restoring your flooded apartment, and will remember you in my prayers, dear.
Love and hugs,
Hi Frank ... It's great to see you post again and you have been greatly missed. We're all still here (sometimes some of us off and on, but still watching this forum) to pick up those that fall as we had have our journey in the unknown future, but we will survive!
Wilela ... That was absolutely beautiful and I don't think better words could explain how most of us feel regarding the loss of our spouses and the memories left behind.
I have not posted much since I just have not progressed much in almost 2 years and am depressed. I do, however, read posts and extend my deepest condolences to you and your family over losing your much loved father. Just know that all on the forum share the heartache of your loss and are very aware of the mountains you must climb in your daily life before the pain eases a little. Faith and hope keep us going and life will....and has to get better. Hugs.
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