Jane White

  • donated 2018-02-28 01:45:18 -0800


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    Soaring Spirits provides innovative programs, such as Camp Widow®, Widowed Village, the Newly Widowed Packet Program, Widowed Pen Pal, and the You are Not Alone Outreach. These unique resources have been lifelines, if not live-saving, for widowed men and women trying to rebuild their lives post-loss. 

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  • commented on Disappearing 2015-10-23 17:53:11 -0700
    I constantly worry about forgetting. My husband was the rememberer – not me. He could clearly remember details of things we did 20 years ago. I feel like I am slowly losing pieces of him without him here to share & remember with 😰

  • commented on Rootless 2015-08-03 19:31:18 -0700
    Tricia – lately I struggle with similar questions. Ten years ago I moved across country to the Southwest to fulfill a dream for my husband. Now that he is no longer here with me I often wonder what I am doing here. My family and close friends all live on the East Coast. But I own a home here and have a job I love. What makes sense financially, emotionally? Difficult questions, indeed. Right now I will sit with it for awhile and wait for the answers to come to me. Jane

  • commented on Maybe 2015-07-31 16:26:39 -0700
    Hi Kelley – I’m so glad you got to see your idol! But, please don’t sell yourself short. I had the privilege to hear your comedy presentation at Camp Widow last week. It was the first time I truly laughed in the 7 months since my husband died & for a year prior to that while he was sick. Jimmy Fallon may be more famous (at the present time :)), but I would pick your show over his any day of the week. You have a special gift to reach people who are hurting. I’ll look for you on the Tonight Show. Thanks and take care, Jane

  • commented on Triggered 2015-07-30 19:13:03 -0700
    Stephanie- you have captured my feelings perfectly. I can totally relate to everything you have said. My trigger last week was traveling to San Diego for Camp Widow. I was a first time camper & I am so glad I went but San Diego is such a part of the story of me & my husband and I wasn’t fully prepared for the overall impact it would have on me. So between camp crash & the location trigger I am struggling this week to accept the reality of his death 7 months ago & my new journey without my partner. Thank you for writing this blog!

  • commented on Anchor 2015-06-27 06:51:29 -0700
    My anchor. My husband. My world. Kelley, I totally get this. My husband was my rock and could always keep me calm. I miss that so much! You are so right when you say it was much easier with the two of us making our way thru life together. I have not been feeling well the last few days – the first time since my husband died – which has just triggered a whole new set of emotions for me. It is scary and lonely! I hope you get some answers regarding your own health concerns. So glad you were able to find a doc willing to help you out. Take care, Jane

  • commented on Optimism 2015-06-23 20:15:54 -0700
    Hi Mike – I appreciate your post. It made me reflect on my husband’s illness. Even though he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, he (and I) always remained hopeful that he would beat the odds. Not years & years but at least a year or two more. Like you & Megan, we approached every set-back as a bump in the road. When he died 9 months after diagnosis I was shocked. I wondered if I had been foolish in my optimism and would we have made different choices if we knew how little time we had left together. Now six months later, I think we did the right things. We always lived life to the fullest and had planned to keep living that way. I still expect a lot out of life. Everything is different of course but I hear my husband’s voice saying – “live & have fun until we meet again.” Of course when we are grieving this is easier said than done — but I am out there trying everyday.

  • commented on Grief Like A River 2015-06-22 19:38:21 -0700
    Tricia – grief is truly exhausting and sometimes we need to set it aside, even for a brief time. Think about it – even during war there are cease-fires called. As you stated, it is always there waiting for us. Working thru my grief upon the loss of my husband has been my biggest life battle ever. I never thought it was possible to be this sad. Through the postings of you and the other wonderful bloggers I have come to realize I will never fill the empty hole in my heart but I will learn to recognize the ebb & flow of grief and find ways to manage it. Take care, Jane

  • commented on Everywhere 2015-06-20 10:02:06 -0700
    Hi Kelley – this is a great post! I really liked the line about the questions you have are no longer taking up so much space in your brain. I feel like at this point in my grief journey I just can’t shut it down. Like you, I am always waiting for my husband to walk into the house or I pick up my phone to tell him something that is going on at work. You give me hope that if I continue the very hard work of processing what I am feeling I too can eventually reach a place of equilibrium because right now I always feel off-kilter. Thanks, Jane