How do you spread Christmas cheer to others when your own heart is aching? That’s what Ralph Bishop found himself wondering. The 76-year-old retired mechanic from Brockton celebrated his 50th anniversary with his beloved Nancy last June, three months before an aneurysm took her life. “I was with her when she died,” he said. “I leaned over and whispered, ‘Goodnight, my love. I’ll see you in the morning.’ Since then I keep repeating, ‘Nancy, I can’t believe it’s over.’ It’s like I talk to her all day long.” That’s where he finds solace,
This is my second Christmas without my sweet spouse. The pain is still there, in a different way. Not everyone is full of fa la la at Christmas. I focus on the Reason for the Season more, less on the hype. I wish he were still here. Kids are scattered, economy is tough..is there anything worse than Christmas alone?
#1, hugs from me too. When I spent holidays alone, I began new traditions, just for me. Made up my own holiday meals, not the normal, something simple but special. I opened my Christmas gifts as they came in, not in one huge lump on Christmas morning. And each holiday (Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.) had its own tradition, a walk in NYC, a football game with snacks, window shopping, something simple, and mine.
#1, you´re never alone. Look up at the night sky on Christmas Eve and give Him praise for sending his Son as our Savior. May your memories grow sweeter of your loved one and may it sustain you through the holidays.
#1 many of us here have walked this path. The 21st would have been our 25 anniversary instead I marked 6 years without him. Christmas is about finding joy in the greatest gift ever given ours to receive just for believing. I hope you find peace I will be praying for you and all the wonderful Ldotters
been there..done that..but with a child.and my Mother who died on Christmas day.... time can be our friend as well as our enemy..time does actually help you to heal...I tell myself that the person is spending Christmas with God...how can we be sad for that person to be with God on Christmas... My thoughts and prays to those that are alone...
Keeping you in my prayers poster #1. Sending (((hugs))) your way. My Mom passed away in ´97. My Dad passed away this year. My first Christmas without a parent. Trying to keep happy memories and thoughts going. I thank you #10 for reminding me that they are celebrating Christmas with Our Lord. How wonderful is that!
You are not alone #1. If it´s any consolation, you can come to this site on Christmas and many of us will keep you company. My mother was diagnosed with dementia (and placed in a memory care unit) right before Christmas two years ago and it just hasn´t been the same holiday since. I am the sole caregiver for my father as he is 88 and still at home. Now he´s in a w/c and can´t visit her and she can´t come home to see him. Sigh. But, the holiday isn´t about us and I have to remind myself of that. Hugs to you my fellow Ldotter.
I´m going through that right now. Lost the love of my life a couple of months ago after 59 years. Went to church today and was reminded that it isn´t trees, gifts, etc. It´s about the future. We will be apart for a while, but we´ll be together again. I´m counting on that.
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