Bereaved Spouses

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Comment by Mary. Jane on February 5, 2022 at 11:27pm

Awwww such a cute couple!! 

Comment by Charles E. Nelson on February 5, 2022 at 10:46am

Hi everyone

I finally scanned this photo - Larry and I in the summer of 1983, just months after we met. We walked for almost an hour, climbing a steep road in Hancock, Massachusetts. The lower part of Potter Mountain Road has a few homes set back in the woods and is paved up to a point. After that it is just a dirt access road for the huge power lines that were run through the valley 15 years before this was taken by our friend who walked with us. I hadn't made this climb since I was in my teens, and we were all feeling the heat as we continued. This photo brings it all back - the reward was a spectacular view of the Jerico Valley that few get to see from this perspective, although  Jimminy Peak Ski lodge and resort nearby also has beautiful views. Larry looked at me and said now he understood why I so loved Hancock - we once hoped to move there when he would retire from the printing company, but that was not to be. One day I hope to show Hancock to Steve, but we won't be making this climb I assure you.

Comment by Steve G. on February 5, 2022 at 8:19am

I still get help from my unseen Angles, all the time.  My gratitude for this help is never ending and they have been around helping me even before I realized they were.  Strange how life catches up with us as we grow older and learn to truly understand and the help and sometimes even protection when we least expect it.  Growing older is not so bad, we learn to accept and life's challenges and lessons as part of our intended path.  Some painful and others not so painful, mostly a mixed bag.  I often thought that if I could go back and change this or that life would be different.  I am happy where I am on this path and honestly, changing anything or any part would be scary.  I am content and look forward to my new days ahead.  This year I will be 75 and I am still in awe of how my life has been and what is yet to be.

Take care my legacy family and friends, we all have good memories and miles to go before we sleep.


Comment by Steve G. on February 5, 2022 at 8:04am

Hi Sara,

The photo of me and Mark was taken in Ft Lauderdale (2000) at a Christmas party for the company was working for.  We had relocated from Key West just one year before this photo.  We both looked so young then, but then that was 22 years ago, and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then.

Mark was so happy landing this new job and we both prospered well in South Florida.  Good memories all around.

Take care dear friend.  I still do not get notices when anyone posts here, Chuck lets me know.


Comment by Mary. Jane on February 2, 2022 at 2:54pm

Thank you everyone. This is a short reply, but it’s been a strange few days...I feel sort of overwhelmed, but for seemingly no reason.

i am sure this will,pass. 

Sara, YES, I saw all the snow on the news! I actually MISS the snow we got in Oklahoma...not too much, just enough to look pretty. I remember one time there was ALOT of it, so we put our kitty on the back steps to see what he would do. He sniffed,  shook his little feet and GLARED at us as he RAN back inside.

ok NAPTIME..bye for now.

Comment by Sara Murphy on February 1, 2022 at 9:51pm

Hi our blizzard made the news.  It's always fun getting 2 ft of snow, you remember what that's like right. I spent the day of the blizzard binge watching Seal Team (I love that show)  and began clean up on Sunday.  I did enough to make sure I could get out of the driveway and left the rest to slowly clear over the next few days but of course I asked Ken and my angels for help.  While I was working yesterday, my neighbor just started clearing my walkway which is quite long.  My angels came through for me again.  All any of us has to do is ask for help and it comes in time. 

I'd love to see your picture of Larry when you have a chance to scan it.  And Steve, if you're listening maybe a pic of Mark too.

Take care everyone and be safe from all the crazy weather happening throughout the country.

Love, Sara

Comment by Sara Murphy on February 1, 2022 at 9:37pm

Mary Jane.....I don't have exactly the experience you do but I do feel Ken, at times more strongly than others.  It depends what's going on but even on days that I don't feel him at all, I still know he's here.  I don't think you're losing it at all.  Our loved ones souls are still alive so they need to find a different way to communicate with us.  It's nice that you can talk to Bob.  I hope you take comfort knowing that he's with you

Love, Sara

Comment by Todd B. Goodrich on February 1, 2022 at 3:41pm

Dear Chuck!

Thank you so much dear friend! The love from here has been a blessing! As are you!


Comment by Charles E. Nelson on February 1, 2022 at 1:08pm

Dear Todd,

Wow, what a great picture of you and Claudia - such a good- looking couple you make!

As Valentine's Day nears, and with it the 6th anniversary of your loss, I'm keeping you in my prayers and wish you only good things every day.

Stay well - 

Love, Chuck

Comment by Charles E. Nelson on February 1, 2022 at 1:04pm

Dear Sara, I just wanted to say that I hope you weathered the big storm OK - you guys really got hit in Boston!

I love the photo you shared and have one of Larry and I that I wish to scan into the computer so I can share it also - I recently asked myself which photo of us I'd keep if I had to choose just one - it may be the one I mention, because it instantly takes me back to when we were first falling in love, and there were no more happier days for us than that time.

Be well and stay warm - 

Love, Chuck


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