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  1. Happy Valent...Shut up!

    Valentines day is really a hard time. Not specifically because it's valentines day , but because it was our wedding day, too. 4 years ago we got married, almost one and a half since she left.
  2. Loss of Wife 15 months ago

    Do you want to let go? Do you want to date someone? Or is it just something people expect from you? Maybe it's possible to be happy again, but it'll never be the same though. My wife died a week before yours and I would never let go of my wife. Our marriage was the most important thing in my life and it's only now that I really appreciate this fact. I try to get on with my life, find things to make me happy again but she will always be with me and the thought about her not being around anymore will always bring me to tears. If you want to date other women that's fine and that doesn't mean letting go of your wife. But you have to make sure that's what you really want and not just using it as an escape route. Soem people find new love, some stay alone forever, there are no rules about which is right. Grief at your own pace and find out what you want to do with your life. But don't make any rush decisions.
  3. acceptance?

    There can be no acceptence of the loss of one's wife. And I don't know if she's in a better place now but I sincerly hope so. I'm not a religious person so I'm not blaming god or seeking answers from him. I still wonder why such a great person had such a short life, had to endure such hardship while all she ever wanted was happiness for everyone. And yes, I'm drinking way too much, trying to numb the pain, erease the memories so they won't hurt me. And yes, I'm fully aware that all this is futile. I'm wishing you all the strength you need to get tthrough this. You're not alone.
  4. Lost my new wife

    It's very hard and everyone tries a different way to cope with the pain or (pointlessly) trying to avoid it. My wife was already very sick when we finally married. Brave as she was she managed to make it another two years. She died a bit more than a year ago at age 45. At first I tried to block out every thought, every emotion, every memory. I just went back to the live I led before I even met her, and that wasn't a good life. It took a year before I had my first bursts of energy to do anything at all. But still these are rare and I'm far from doing what I know I should do. You just gonna let happen what will happen. Let the thoughts run, allow the pain, the anger, the disappointment. It seems so cruel but it's necessary. Often family or friends just can't understand, will say stupid things or just disappear. But you're not alone. Everyone here has gone through the same thing, though in different ways. You have to find your own way, but maybe we can help you find it. Marcel
  5. It never gets easy but it gets easier. In the first place it takes a lot of time to realize what happened and that it really did happen. All this **** surrounding the death of a loved one is a nightmare. Most of the time we just have to function so I think it's important to find a few moments each day to get away from it all and remember the partner and what they meant to us, figuring out what we want to do, what we have to do. Having kids can help a lot because you still have an important purpose in life. It doesn't take away the pain but it forces you to keep going. Of course it can be overwhelming at times but it's something to hang on to. Another important thing is not to expect anything from others (family, "friends"). They don't know what you're going through. They may want to help but have no idea how. Don't get upset about anything they might say or do. They don't know any better. Mostly you're on your own, save the disappointment, it's the same for almost all of us. As hard as it is you have to focus on your future and the future of your kids. If you feel like crying, cry. If you think about all the good times you had, enjoy the memories. Think about what you had and not what you might have missed out on. I know this sounds trite, but it's the only way not to loose our mind in the process. It's been over a year for me and I'm still struggling to follow my own advice. But we didn't choose this path, we just have to follow it. Hang in there.
  6. One year ago - today

    My wife never wanted me to feel bad. There were a lot of people who had hurt her or disappointed her. But before she went, she had forgiven all of them. She told me to tell everyone she loved them. She justed wanted out because she couldn't stand the pain she was experiencing. She never wanted anyone else to experience any pain. I'll never know if I had reason to feel guilty or not, but I know she never wanted me to. So somehow she helped me to get out of that vicious circle. I'm certainly not well, I still struggle day to day, but I'm a lot further down the road than before.
  7. One year ago - today

    on september 11th, 2016 my wife took her life after several years of suffering. I had a lot of thoughts about how to spend this day, but somehow it turned out differently. She died about 6am so I thought I would get up early, light a candle and listen to some music that reminds me of that day and feel miserable. Early this morning, while I was still in bed, suddenly I felt an intense warmth in my entire body, and I got the feeling that all this ceremony I had planned didn't really mean anything. It would just make me feel bad and that's not what she wanted. So I slept until 10am and I felt changed. I lit a candle, set up a picture of her and talked to her for a while. I was sad and felt invigorated at the same time. All this year I had done nothing, just drinking, smoking and wasting my time. Now I felt I should start doing things again. No matter what or for how long, I decided to do at least one thing each day that was either necessary or that I just want to do. I went to our favorite restaurant for lunch and in the afternoon I worked a few hours in our yard. It feels like the guilt I had felt all this time has been taken away and I got the will to do something with my life. I still have no intention to be with anyone else ever, but I want to take care of our house, I want to take care of my body and mind, I want to make music again. So even though I shed a few tears talking to her and thinking of what we had, it was a great day somehow. I actually believe that I can continue living with her being in my heart, but without the constant pain, but the memory of her warmth and optimism instead. I don't know what happened but I think she took the guilt away from me this morning. I will never stop loving her, but I want to do this in joy, not in pain.
  8. Songs with your loved ones

    Falling slowly
  9. I think she's here...

    I'm the most rational person you can imagine but I've seen things that I can't ignore, too. My wife and my stepdaughter were very spiritual people. My wife had a deck of angel cards which she sometimes used to get answers. One day she got a card that said "A major part of your life is about to end. Embrace your new life and find happiness". At first she thought it was a sign that death is waiting for her. A few hours later our daughter came home and told us that she decided to move out, becasue she couldn't bear to see her mother suffer anymore. So the part of being a full time mum ended that way. The night my wife decided to leave and send me away I just drove around aimlessly through the night. My stepdaughter believes in shamanism where everybody has a 'power animal' as a spiritual guide. Her's is a fox. As I was driving around I suddenly see a fox at the side of the street. This can happen around here occasionally but I hadn't seen one in years until that night. When I came around the same spot half an hour later it was still there. Later when I got home and found my wife dead I noticed that her angel cards were out. She must have picked one right before she did it. The card on top of the deck said "victory - your wish will be granted". After I called the police I stepped outside to wait. It was early morning and noone around. Suddenly a single dove flew by, landed right in front of our house and walked up and down our driveway. A priest told me that the dove is a symbol for the holy ghost so I had signs from religious, spiritual and shamanistic sources. A bit too much to be ignored.
  10. Lost my 33 year old wife - six months out

    Sounds very familiar My wife showed me what my life was missing and what I didn't want to know about myself all those years. And now I wonder why she was here. Was it just to tease me, to show me what love really means and how great our life could have been? Was it a lesson learned so I can try again? I don't want that. I pictured us in our old age still in love and caring for each other until it's time to leave together. I don't want to have that with anyone else, let alone looking for anybody else. I had a taste of what I never had before and now I'm back to square one. The only difference is that I'm well aware of my situation now and that sucks.
  11. Don' t worry about spelling or grammer. We know what you're talking about and noone's grading you. I'm a bit selfconscious about my spelling sometimes, because it's just a second language to me but then I know that nobody really cares about stuff like that. We're all in the same boat and we all know what matters and what doesn't.
  12. I don't think it has that much to do with retirement. I know lots of retired people who seem to have less time on their hands than when they were working. But having noone at your side makes the time you would spend on anything seem void. I'm on vacation know and I thought about all I could do these two weeks. Instead I'm just wasting my time watching DVDs and hanging around the house. There are lots of thing I could do, there are lots of things I should do, but it all seems pointless. I guess when we're grieving time is our enemy.
  13. I'll bury him and then I'll join him

    Nelsons, having someone at your side who also feels the loss can really help. Being with my stepdaughter helped me a lot these past months. And when we went to see my wife at the funeral home we both felt her presence. Being at her grave gives me nothing, but in our house I can often feel her around me. At first my stepdaughter thought it would be uncomfortable to be in the house her mother died in, but after she moved back in she noticed that her mum's warmth is still present here.
  14. I'll bury him and then I'll join him

    I did understand what you were quoting. Suicide causes pain but it's not their pain we feel and it's not transferred. The quote just sounds judgemental to me because it implies that we know the pain they have felt.
  15. I'll bury him and then I'll join him

    Sorry, but I can't agree the least bit. One commits suicide when the pain is just too intense to cope with and there's no hope of relief. The pain the loved ones will feel only adds to the anguish and makes it even harder to go that way. They have no intention to lay their burdon on their loved ones. Nelsons, still I do agree with the others, don't even think about leaving right now. When my wife left me, I wanted to join her too, but couldn't because of my stepdaughter. But also because my wife wanted me to learn to live again and find way to enjoy life without her. I still don't know how, but we never should make such final decisions in state when we are just sad, angry, confused, empty etc. Give yourself some time to grief and to understand what happened and what it means towards you future. I know you feel like you have no future and maybe in the end you decide life is really not worth living anymore. But in the first few months you just have to hang in and not act based upon frustration and grief. Marcel