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A_Widow's_Pursuit_Cover_for_KindleSometimes it’s hard for me to remember just how painful life was when I first became a widow. In my book, “A Widow’s Pursuit: Finding Out There’s More to Life than Grief”, I spent a substantial amount of time grieving. I had to! There’s a time in life for everything.

Fortunately, I made sure that God led me through. I made it a habit to pray for every decision I had to make. When I felt his peace, I took that as a sign I was on the right path. When I didn’t feel his peace, I took that as a sign it was not his will and changed my path.

As my grief subsided, and my new life unfolded, God promised me joy and the blessings are still coming, 23 years later!!!

My 2 daughters, who were 6 and 7 at the time their Daddy passed, have grown into the 2 most beautiful women a mother and father could only imagine!

IMG_0550Jessica (the oldest) became a nurse and married Brandon, who have 2 children of their own, Caleb and Isabelle, with another on the way!!! (For anyone that knew Jessica or has read my book of all the challenges of raising her as a single parent, only God can take credit for the transformation in her life!)

 

IMG_0121Nicole (the youngest) obtained a communication degree and married Teigan, who have a daughter, Mila. Even though they live cross country, I know that God continues to watch over her and her family. That gives me comfort!

 

 

In 2009, I found love again and married Joseph. At one time, I didn’t think this would be possible, to love again. I have been blessed beyond belief.046

And now Joseph’s daughter, Emily (my step-daughter), will be getting married this year to Randy. God is good and answers prayers!Emily and Randy

There IS a time for GRIEF, however, there IS a time for CELEBRATION and JOY as well!!!

 

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th[4]Everyone experiences grief at one time or another. The grief process is normal, but for some people, it turns into suicide.

What is GRIEF?  (Medicine.Net) The normal process of reacting to a loss. The loss may be physical (Death), social (Divorce) or occupational (Job). Emotional reactions include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness & despair (depression).

However, when grief takes over it can turn into a clinical depression. Some people don’t have coping skills or support they need and don’t want to talk about it. There are treatment and resources that we all should be informed about.

Let me give you some facts: (WebMD) Clinical depression affects about 6.7% of US population over 18 years old. Depressed mood most of the day. Symptoms present for 2 weeks. Recurring thoughts of death/suicide. There is high risk of suicide with depression. Over 90% of people that die by suicide have clinical depression or another mental disorder.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports for every suicide, there are 25 attempts!

 

There are resources!!

  1. Grief Support Groups – Griefshare (Christian based program)
  2. Various support groups for specific illnesses (Cancer, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, etc.)
  3. Caregiver support groups
  4. American Cancer Society has Programs & Services (Helps people with cancer & loved ones to understand cancer, mange their lives through treatment, recovery and find emotional support)
  5. Professional counselors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists

So we need to talk about grief more! When we know someone is grieving over a loss or other main event such as divorce or illness, we need to get the resources to the people before it’s too late! Let’s be more aware!!

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widows journey 2018 retreatDo you have that need to get away? To find someone that understands the loss of a spouse like you do? It may be time to take that next step!

My widow friend, Ferree, will be a small group leader for this retreat in March. Visit her website, Widow’s Christian Place and pray if this fits into your New Year….

A weekend for women of any age who are WIDOWS
and at any point in their journey.

People say, “Isn’t it wonderful he’s with the Lord,” and you want to yell, “No! He should be here with me.”

Spend a weekend with other women who have lost their husbands to death. You will be with people who understand your journey. Come share your heart and your hurt and be encouraged as we remind ourselves that, hard as it is, our God is able. Learn from women who are where you are, women who have weathered grief and difficult times.

2018 Widow’s Journey Retreat Sign Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OrnamentA special way to celebrate your loved one during Christmas is to personalize a Christmas ornament in his or her memory. Pick a photo that you like and personalize it. It’s a wonderful Christmas gift for family and friends!

I found this website that will guarantee Christmas delivery with Holiday Express Shipping by midnight tonight!!

 

https://www.personalizationmall.com/Personalized-Memorial-Gifts-s32.store

 

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This year, Tate Publishing and Enterprises, who published my memoir, “A Widow’s Pursuit”, went out of business. I did some edits and it’s back on Amazon with an updated 2017 version.

Get your copy now…A Widow’s Pursuit

Or buy a copy for a friend or family member who is going through grief. Grief is not only about losing a spouse or loved one, but a devastating change in our lives where a loss occurs. How do we get through and find a new normal? In every situation, there’s one sure way to get through grief and find joy, love and happiness again. Read my story!!

To update my 2017 version, my baby, Nicole, and her husband Teigan, are expecting their first baby this coming March! So soon I’ll have 3 grandchildren!!!! Life goes on…..

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th[3]Grief is not only about losing a loved one, but also about losing our life as we know it.

Since many people will be affected from the Hurricanes this season, I wanted to share a post from Ferree, my widow friend, that was related to “Harvey”.

Widow’s Christian Place shares a face post from a Katrina survivor to share her testimony and advice on how we still need a great God!

 

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aseasonofgriefsmall[1]It’s coming….that dreaded holiday season…just around the corner. When someone you love dies, it seems like life around the holidays really hits hard. Sometimes, depression sets in and we’d like to hibernate for the next several months.

Think about going to a grief support group. I would suggest getting involved in a group with “GriefShare” before the holidays and then signing up for “A Season of Grief Daily Emails” for the following year in 2018. You’ll meet with others that will understand what you may be going through.

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