Almost all of us experience loss at sometime in our life. And although every story is different, we probably all relate some degree to that wrenching emotion that comes from saying goodbye to one we love.
Depending on how close we are to the person we lose, the loss can be like losing a limb. As Robert Southey put it, “time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.”
It seemed to me the minute Bill died (October 3, 2015 at 7:48 EDT) almost all the normal cares, concerns, hopes, and fears of life fell away. Things that once mattered just didn’t matter any more. So often, it was like looking at the world through a thin curtain and that I was neither dead nor alive.
Bill’s unconditional love for me over 51 years of marriage left an imprint that can never be removed. His actions and words over our life together continue to be part of my actions, thoughts and decisions. I still “hear” his voice and sense his presence at every place he walked and was, even though I know he’s not here.
He was a gift – the most treasured part of my life.
We shared our lives, dreams, failures, successes, heartbreaks, strengths and weaknesses, the best times and the worst, the little joys and the big for more than 51 years.
He helped create an environment in our marriage that allowed us both to work towards becoming the best we could be in every area of our life.
Truly I am among the most blessed of women on earth.
I will love him and hold him dear forever.
Victoria Hanley expressed my feelings when she said,
“I have lived with you and loved you, and now you are gone. Gone where I cannot follow, until I have finished all of my days.”
Thinking of all of you who have lost someone dear. May their memories help give you the strength you need to go forward.
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