I have lived a life like most people’s. It’s had its ups and downs – but the last 13 yrs have been especially uncommon as I was widowed in 2007, remarried in 2010, widowed again in 2016, and in November of 2019 I married Jack.
The fact that I kept pushing on, in spite of overwhelming heartache and sorrow, became a theme in my writing. I was repeatedly encouraged to begin a blog and write a book in hopes that others might benefit from my experiences. I don’t sugar coat my feelings and have had my writing described as raw and authentic (and even occasionally snarky).
However, I can only tell my story. The emotions and feelings I have are mine. While there are similar themes amongst all who grieve, our grief is as unique as our fingerprints are, and I, in no way, can encapsulate what everyone feels as I write my posts. I do hope that others will be helped, or even feel validated, as they read what I share.
I do think that I have a unique perspective because of being widowed so young, being widowed twice in 9 1/2 years, and also by continuing to seek a life partner (which means dating again and at 50). Therefore, I feel that I am able to speak to a broad audience and regarding numerous topics related to all of the above. I was widowed with kids at home, and as an empty nester, and both create their own challenges – which I address as honestly as I am able.
My blog is not directed to grief alone, but to the broad diversity of feelings, transitions and challenges we all deal with. For me, grief is at the root of many of my posts, but they might not be specifically about “grief work”.
So whether you are personally dealing with loss, or know someone who is – it’s my hope you will find something useful within the posts shared here.
Regardless of where you are in life, or what you are experiencing, I hope you never give up and that you too, keep going. With my faith in God and His sustaining ability, I am still here – and as long as I am, I want people to be able to say…..she kept going.
So, from my broken and re-assembled heart to yours, don’t stop. Keep going and know there are others who can relate to you and your feelings.
With Much Love,