A Widow Wedding Anniversary

It has been six years since my husband's sudden death. 

Next week, October 27th, is my wedding anniversary. 


It will be my seventh time going through our wedding anniversary without him here. 

It will be our "would have been 11 years" anniversary. 

I don't feel comfortable saying "it's our 11 year anniversary." 

Because it's not. 

He's dead. 

I'm alive. 

And the law says you can't be married to a dead guy. 

And really, 

it would be kind of creepy to be married to a dead guy. 

But here's the thing ... 

Six years, and my seventh one without him, 

and I don't know how to do this. 


I don't know how to be a widow, 

on my wedding anniversary. 

For me,

it is the saddest and loneliest of days. 

It is so much worse for me,

than his death anniversary. 

Our wedding, our ceremony, that day, 

everything it symbolized,

everything it was, 

can no longer be. 

I don't feel like "celebrating",

something that can no longer breathe. 

I want to recognize it. 

Acknowledge it. 

I never know how.

Nothing ever feels right.

Or good.

Or comforting. 

It just all sucks. 


The only person,

I ever feel like being around,

on that day, 

is my husband.

The one that is no longer my husband. 

But not because I don't love him,

or because of anything we did. 

I want to dance with him,

like we did that day. 

I want to laugh with him,

and talk about how beautiful our wedding was. 

Instead of watching the video 


because I want so badly to see him moving,



but getting through viewing it proves almost impossible,

every single year. 

I want to celebrate 5 years together,




But that will never be.

We only got Four. 



Ill be going to NYC,

to spend the week there,

with friends, and also alone, 

and I will go to the place

where we married,

and sit with him,

where his ashes were scattered, 

by the rocks in the bay,

and try to figure out what on earth, 

to do next. 


I dont know the answer.

I dont think I ever will. 

It will always be a sad day,

even though I found love again. 

Even though Im happy .... 

Even though.... 

Even though .... 


That day, 

and everything it represents,

will always be about US,

and the life we promise each other, 

that we never got to live. 


And even when I'm old and gray, 

if I should be lucky enough,

to have that honor,

I still won't know, 

how to be a widow, 

on my Wedding Anniversary. 


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  • Denise Funk Molen
    commented 2019-12-30 20:07:54 -0800
    Omg. I am very low tonight. We always promised we would have a huge bash on our 20th if we made it that far. I walked past a store tonight we only went in to together to pick our wedding gifts.

    I lost it.

    I feel like I should still be planning a bash to celebrate and acknowledge our love….

    I was actually lucky. We had 16 years, but it was not enough. I have two awesome boys and yet I have a huge hole in my heart. I know people often celebrate a loved ones passing/life at the 5 year point, but that is such a sad day.

    If life were fair I would be in the midst of planning that party. Is it morbid to want to surround myself with all the people that were there to experience that moment???? I don’t know when the ache in my heart will go away. Most days I’m good, even wonderful as I try to raise 2 good men to be like their father.

    It’s always the oddest things that set me off. I am sooo blessed that we had the time we had and accomplished as much as we did. So many others are not so lucky. A sudden loss is a different kind of loss. He lived almost 5 years with cancer so life was not “normal” but his love and wit surrounded us daily. I miss his mind, his heart, his hands and his hugs.

    Again, glad I saw this tonight.

    Blessings to all the widows out there that struggle to keep their spouses alive for their children and yet have to figure out a way to move on.
  • Patty Mattos
    commented 2018-01-26 04:35:12 -0800
    your post is very valuable and this poem is incredible, it was very good to read this text, plus the things I’m going through #thanks https://www.quora.com/profile/Jose-Pedro-20
  • Dawn Kuebler
    commented 2017-10-21 19:49:25 -0700
    Thank you. Hugs.
    I needed to read this tonight including comments. I am navigating a new relationship & missing my husband. It is an odd experience to enjoy a new relationship and yet miss my husband.
  • Linda Tevebaugh Keeling
    commented 2017-10-21 12:14:55 -0700
    Perfectly written what I could not…. Aug 11th was our anniversary….still not knowing what with to honor that very special day….I usually visit the lake where we got married.. stand where we stood 10 years ago… we got almost 5 years together…
    all this though I now celebrate a new anniversary of April 18 with my now husband…. year #1 this year.
  • Lisa Richardson
    commented 2017-10-20 23:03:02 -0700
    You wrote what I feel in my heart every June 14th but never can express. Worse yet, no one seems to understand except all of us here. Hugs to you on your anniversary.