- Jill Schacter
- My wonderful husband died when I was 44 years old. Being widowed this young happens to less than 3% of married people. Writing through this loss one word at time helps me understand what I've lost and helps me continue to grow. It is how I have gradually recovered from such a severe loss. Research shows that you can benefit from taking just 15 minutes a day to write out your deepest feelings as a way of healing. On the right side of this blog, you'll see a tag for Exercises to Try. If you need some help knowing how to use writing to help heal yourself, I suggest you start there.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Who Will Be There For Me?
A really good friend of mine had a bad bike accident a week ago. It had started raining during the ride. While going down a hill, she started thinking to herself, "I'm going too fast, I'd better do something."
The next thing she remembers is her husband at her side crying while she lay in a hospital bed.
Here's what she said to me while convalescing at home from a head injury:
"You're married to this guy all these years. Something like this happens. I just NEEDED him so much."
That really got me thinking. First, I felt so glad and relieved that she has such a devoted, loving, good husband, especially at a time like this. But I also couldn't help thinking a few other things.
Of course, since this is The Heartbreak Diary where I hope to inspire others to write about their loss, I couldn't help but come up with a new writing prompt for you to try.
AFTER LOSING MY HUSBAND TOO SOON, I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN
After losing my husband too soon, I don't know if I can:
Count on someone to be there for me if I ever become really sick or incapacitated.
Ever again allow myself to need somebody and to believe that they will be there. Because, hey, they might not be!
Trust in more than just today.
Go back to a time where I felt as safe as I did with Ken.
Allow myself to depend on somebody else.