It’s hard for me to say no. With the best of intentions, many people want to keep me busy. It’s their “cure” for my missing Joe. I, too, thought I must get involved, and my calendar is filled. What I really need is more time to be alone and let myself grieve.
I’m saying no to:
Potluck suppers. I don’t feel like preparing food or making small talk. I would rather stay home with a good book.
Singles groups. The members are…
Last January I was a complete washout! I allowed a disturbing telephone conversation with a family member to push me into deep depression. Any thoughts of evaluating my past year and making resolutions were abandoned. So I’ve chosen TODAY as my New Year’s Day instead. I take stock of my life.
WHERE HAVE I BEEN? I’ve been to the bottom! Those periods of deep mourning for Joe were the absolute pits. I went through it, as I knew I had to, but thank God the worst is…
The man coming toward me on the street looked like Joe. I stood staring, my breath coming in little gasps. He was tall and thin. He even walked like Joe. He passed me at the corner. It certainly was not my husband. The tears came. What I wouldn’t give to see Joe walking toward me again!
Joe, I remember you:
Coming up the steps to the deck with an armload of firewood.
Bending over the saw in your workshop.
Sitting in your chair, hands held…
Ideas for Getting to Sleep and Surviving the Long Nights
I can pretend during the daytime that Joe is away, working outside or in his workshop. Alone for the evening meal and crawling into an empty bed confirm the worst! The loneliness for him descends like a shroud and there is no escape. What do I do to get to sleep easier? And what about those long hours in the middle of the night when I wake and can’t get back to sleep?
STICK TO A REGULAR…
What has happened to my good health habits? An inner voice keeps nagging, “You’ve got to start reclaiming your body.” I am aware of my loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fatigue, depression and low energy level. I have decided to try walking these things away. How do I get started?
FIND A WALKING FRIEND. My motivation is at zero. A partner would help. If I promise I will meet a friend at a certain time, I will do it.
START SLOWLY. I must listen to my…
Added by Marta Felber on March 3, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Loneliness Is To Be Felt – Alone Time Made Better
Friends ask, “What hurts the most?” Always I answer, “Loneliness for Joe. It never goes away.” I don’t want to run from this loneliness because I know to feel it is an important part of the grieving process. But my alone time can be enriched.
Feeling My Loneliness
Don’t fight it; let the feelings come. Express aloud, on paper, physically (without hurting myself), and with tears.
I want to remember Joe and the life and love we shared. I also will create memorials as tributes to the life he lived.
|Memorials to Joe||Their Meaning for Me|
|Plant a pink dogwood tree where I can see it from the kitchen. It will bloom in the early…|
In the beginning there were lots of hugs, an acceptable way for people to show they cared. They no longer remember to do this and I miss Joe’s hugs even more. I guess it is up to me. I can give a hug and get one in return. Or I can simply say, “I need a hug today.”
Little "Hugs" I Can Give Myself
BREAKFAST IN BED. The bed is still warm. And who cares if a few crumbs get scattered around when I eat my toast?
SELECTED MUSIC. Invest in…
Added by Marta Felber on November 12, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Added by Marta Felber on October 11, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments