Gayle Goldberg

  • commented on Junk Mail - Repost 2017-09-28 07:54:28 -0700
    I still get mail addressed to my late husband, even though I’ve moved to a different state and he never lived at my current address. It’s been over 10 years and it still stings every time.

  • commented on A Message from Before Beyond 2017-09-20 07:06:52 -0700
    What a wonderful gift!

  • commented on Another Day 2017-09-08 05:49:35 -0700
    Tracy –
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Look everywhere you can for support. You’ll find it in unexpected places, (and may not find it where you expect it).
    One of the most helpful things I was told, and I tell many new widows is: You won’t always feel the way you do now. I repeated that to myself over and over again at the beginning.

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  • commented on Missing You Always 2017-08-18 14:00:19 -0700
    This brought tears to my eyes. Every word resonates with truth and love.

  • commented on The Tree of Grief 2017-07-27 14:29:44 -0700
    This is great writing. I can almost see it as a book with illustrations. Thank you.

  • commented on Pieces of Her 2017-06-12 09:14:02 -0700
    Powerful, beautiful words. Thank you for sharing this.

  • commented on Back to You 2017-06-09 07:46:13 -0700
    Everyone’s grief is different, but after 10 years, I can honestly say that I don’t feel that way any more. The grief now tends to rear it’s head more at the missing of happy occasions.

  • commented on This...This is Life. This is Love~ 2017-06-08 09:00:36 -0700
    Love never dies.

  • commented on The End of Another Chapter 2017-05-31 08:55:10 -0700
    Best of luck to you as you move into a new stage.

  • commented on I want my why 2017-05-02 09:20:29 -0700
    I don’t think we ever know what the point is, or the why, at least not in this lifetime. I’m sorry that you have to deal with your own serious medical problems on top of your loss. Life certainly isn’t fair.

  • commented on Love. Only love. 2017-03-08 08:15:21 -0800
    “To the distant past that is both yesterday and incalculably forever ago”
    This is exactly the feeling that is so hard to describe!

  • commented on Runner Up 2017-01-16 09:19:23 -0800
    I’m a remarried widow and I’ve had those feelings, and similar conversations. But it’s not a contest, and it’s not like you’re choosing between the two of them. My first husband was the best husband for me at that time, and my current husband is the best husband for me now. Hopefully your boyfriend won’t always feel the way he feels now, and neither will you.

  • commented on Words in a Book, From the Grave~ 2016-12-23 09:32:01 -0800
    Re-reading that journal was a wonderful gift to you from Chuck.

    This post resonates with me for several different reasons. My husband Ken died almost 10 years ago, which feels like both a hundred years, and just the blink of an eye at the same time. We had a running joke based on a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where the couple renews their vows and has an argument about whether they should be “till death do us part” or “throughout eternity”. We discussed it so many times, and yet I’ve never been able to remember which one Ken said he would want, and, like you, I’ve agonized about it.

    Love never dies.