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Old 11-23-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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I know that when the loss of a loved one is fresh, it is hard to see beyond the pain and grief. That's how it was for me. But with time, we may come to see how fortunate we have been to have had that person in our lives. As for myself, I am amazed that my husband and I found each other, were perfectly suited for life together, had 43 years of love, discovery, excitement, sadness borne together, comfort, and devotion. Although I am not fortunate to have lost him so early in our "golden years," (he was 65) still, I have never met anyone whom I could have loved so completely, or who was such a remarkable person in my eyes. So I can say now that my feelings of loss are tempered with feelings of gratitude, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day.

May all those who have suffered loss find today some reason for Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Midvale, Idaho
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Beautifully said G Grasshopper. I am feeling the same way myself today and most days. It was a great ride while it lasted for us too. Now we have our memories. Not the same as them still being here with us. I feel so blessed to have had 31 wonderful years with my hubby. I found lots of Joy in my day today. Hoping you did too.
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Old 11-24-2017, 10:52 AM
 
Location: SWFL
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Haven't we come a long way, GG? It is a wonderful feeling to be able to be thankful instead of grieving. I am not only thankful for the years with a wonderful man, I am thankful that this forum and great people were here for me! I have healed, choose to spend my remaining life by myself with no regrets.

Thank you for a great post and letting those of us who HAVE healed be able to express that too.

Best wishes.
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