Kelley Lynn

When I first lost my husband to sudden death, I knew absolutely nobody that was my age who was widowed. The word "widow" made me cringe, and I ran away from any possibility that it could or would ever apply to me. Then I discovered Soaring Spirits and Camp Widow. Here were these people - hundreds of them - all over the country and the world - who were just like me. They had lost their partners too, and they were hurting and feeling alone too. Except suddenly, none of us were alone anymore, because now we had each other. The widowed community that I have met through Soaring Spirits is a HUGE part of the reason why I am alive and WANTING to be alive today. No joke. My widowed friends save my life over and over and over again, and I love them in a way that is impossible to describe. Soaring Spirits connects widowed people, and when you lose the person you thought you'd spend the rest of your life with - connection to people who "get it" means everything. My friends in the widowed community are evidence that there is life - joyful life - after loss. They inspire me daily, and I will always pay it forward however I can to Soaring Spirits, for giving me back my life again.

Different Camp, Different Me

*Normally I write on Fridays, and although this post will appear here on Friday, I am writing it Wednesday evening, and setting it to publish Friday. This way I dont have to worry about finding a computer to post the blog while at the Marriott and busy with other things. 



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  • commented on Visits of Comfort 2015-11-01 07:12:43 -0800
    God it had to be SO wonderful having her there. I know how much Halloween meant to you and Drew, and Im sure it was different this year and maybe even a bit weird. You talking about being homesick really brings me back to Don’s move to NJ. He was very homesick for Florida, and all the little things he could do there that he just couldnt do up here, like ride his bike outside year round , or play golf year round, or park his car without PAYING a fee or getting a ticket. I remember feeling so guilty everytime he seemed sad or missed his friends and life in Florida. I probably over compensated because of that, and was always trying really hard to make him feel like this was his HOME and that people loved him here. I wish like hell I could tell him how much it meant to me that he moved his entire life to be with me and take a chance on us. I definitely didnt tell him that NEARLY enough, how muich I appreciated that and admired it. It was so courageous, just like what you are doing. So if Mike hasnt told you already, whcih Im sure he has, Ill tell you what I should have told Don many times – thank you for taking this risk and for sacrificing so much for love.

  • commented on Ride Along 2015-10-29 13:45:26 -0700
    Its a tragedy that nobody else has commented on this amazing blog post lol. This is truly beautiful and everything you say makes so much sense. and Im so glad I was one of the people at that table on that fateful night in Florida ……

  • commented on To Grief or Not to Grief, and What's Normal or Not? 2015-10-29 13:34:49 -0700
    Oh man, I relate to this so much, especially the part about analyzing our own grief and our own mind like a self-therapist. I do this constantly, and I drive myself nuts. When your own therapist is telling you to chill out, you know you need to stop over analyzing every emotion lol. She is always saying to me “just feel your feelings. Stop trying to dissect them AS youre having them, youre exhausting yourself out. Its no wonder you dont sleep well”. Ha!
    Im so sorry about your dad, and it makes total sense why you are having the non-reaction to it rigiht now. It will most likely all come out much later on, at some random time, and then it will hit you in that fun way that grief tsunami’s like to do. But right now, living with death and grief has numbed you and tired your brain and heart out for the time being. Its okay. Theres nothing wrong with you. This shit just sucks.

  • commented on Inspiration 2015-10-29 13:24:58 -0700
    this is beautiful, and I try to stop it all the time too. Every single day. Thank you for this.

  • commented on The Things We Carry 2015-10-26 17:38:03 -0700
    oh Tricia, what a beautiful last post. I will miss reading your blogs on Mondays. Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary – would have been 9 years – very rough day for me. But reading your words about having real love , even for a very short time, has made me have a slight change in perspective tonight when I start thinking about tomorrow and what it represents. Thank you for that.

  • commented on The Big Move 2015-10-25 08:59:24 -0700
    I cried when I read what Mike said to you. Perfect. And yes, joy and pain will always exist in the same breathe for us. I have learned to accept this too. I love you. Mommy.

  • commented on Grief Timeline 2015-10-24 08:58:48 -0700
    ps LOOK!!! Im at the top of the leaderboard!!! I want a prize!!!! lol

  • commented on A New Chapter Begins 2015-10-20 07:11:07 -0700
    Oooh I love the way this one ends. I cant wait to read it either, and this is exactly how I feel about Don, like he is a part of everything I do going forward from now on, and like he often somehow helps to orchestrate it or point me in the right direction. Sarahs move reminds me so much of Don’s move from Florida to NJ. He put his whole life (including his cat) in that Pensky truck and took a risk on a new life with me. What a beautiful thing that is to remember.

  • commented on Always and Never 2015-10-18 07:23:42 -0700
    Yes, Carolyn, you can quote me or share my words (I posted the link to this blog on my Facebook so you can share that if you want, or click share from this site), and yes, I would appreciate giving me credit for my words. As long as you do that, you definitely have my permission. One time I found a meme being passed around with MY quote on it and it didnt say who wrote it , and it really annoyed me because I have no idea who created it without putting my name on it. Thats just rude. Anyway, love you all!!!!

  • commented on A Bold Step Forward 2015-10-18 07:17:54 -0700
    Wow that is beyond awesome and brave. Very proud of you and happy for you!!!

  • commented on To Choose Pain 2015-10-13 13:09:43 -0700
    Beautiful post, and brings back memories of rummaging through our storage unit , 14 months after he died, when I was forced to move out of our apartment. I was going through not only my life in boxes, but his, because almost everything he owned that didnt fit in our tiny apartment, was in that storage unit. There were pieces of him in there that I didnt even know about, or that I wanted to know more about, and it was very very hard. Love you !

  • commented on Grease Monkey 2015-10-13 13:06:24 -0700
    Man, you remind me so much of Don in so many ways. He had his car that he treated like a princess, and he was always washing it and polishing it and loving on it. I used to ask him all the time if he and his car would like to be left alone, because they seemed pretty intimate. Before my husband was a paramedic, he was a car mechanic for Cadillac, so he was always fixing cars and loved it. And before that, he was Flight Crew Chief and mechanic for F-16’s in the Air Force. He just loved rescuing things. And animals. And people. And I so miss that about him. That mechanic with the dirty hands who had that passion for fixing up his car. I love that you are bringing the car back to life, and I love what it represents for you.

  • commented on The Waves of Grief 2015-10-10 11:55:43 -0700
    Makes total sense to me why that might be an unexpected trigger for you. This movie premise reminds me a lot of Tom Hanks in “Castaway” – similar theme, a man trying to survive on a deserted island after being the sole survivor of a plane crash. I dont know if this might help or not to understand a little bit what might have been inside Dan’s mind, but one of my good friend’s attempted suicide a few months ago. He actually was stopped by police breaking down the door to his hotel room where he had brought his dad’s gun and was seconds away from doing it. He explained to me what it felt like in the moment right when he was going to pull the trigger. He said it was as if someone else was doing it, someone else or some force in his brain was in control, and not him. He said he felt almost paralyzed by the fog and that NOTHING was on his mind about his family or friends or anything like that – just this intense need that this must be done. When the cops came in and he saw his friend who had called them to stop it, he fell out of the fog and ran and broke down in his friends arms. Again, I hope this isnt MORE upsetting, but Im telling you this because I think in that moment, the brain of the person who is doing this goes somewhere that we cant understand. And even they cant understand it, and if they could stop it, they probably would. But it takes over and they cant see anything else except that. So, in a way, Dan probably did fight for his life, but he just didnt know how maybe. I hope Im making sense.

  • commented on Natural Selection 2015-10-06 13:59:53 -0700
    I love “Mike” day and “Sarah” day at Widows Voice lol. Tuesdays and Sundays ….

  • commented on Over It 2015-10-04 10:33:29 -0700
    Thanks guys. I hate feeling so scared and not having him here to comfort me. He was amazing at comforting me.

  • commented on Many Families, One Tree 2015-10-04 10:27:43 -0700
    Okay that was worth the wait, even though I still feel that you write your blogs on MY schedule, so that I may wake up and drink my coffee and read your blog on Sundays. Did you tell this man your story and how much you loved that he had that collage? What was his reaction? I hope you told him. I absolutely love the idea of having everyone in the same collage … and what a perfect name for it too … the collage of love and family that comes from life and death. LOVE THIS.

  • commented on Not Growing Old Together 2015-09-29 14:59:07 -0700
    THank you so much everyone for your replies. This new website format wont let me respond to you individually, so I apoligize for that. James, thank you for sharing about your wife with me. Your loss is so new and its going to take awhile for you to be able to see a future with out her here. Its just so hard but we will all get through it. Thanks everyone. I love reading your comments.

  • commented on Remember the Fall 2015-09-29 14:55:24 -0700
    Of course you would. We all would I think. And i know exactly what you mean about NEEDING to just talk about it and vent it out sometimes, feel the fiery rage that comes with it, and then release it. Thanks for sharing that. You have all been through so much.

  • commented on About A Girl 2015-09-27 09:20:14 -0700
    Damn you and your brilliant writing. Also, this is the perfect blog post for me to say …..

  • commented on Observation 2015-09-22 08:30:40 -0700
    What a beautiful thought process on this. I believe the same, and it took me some time to come to that belief. In the end, it was Don himself who changed my beliefs, because I kept FEELING signs from him over and over, and after awhile, I had to stop denying their validity and just decide to go with it and believe. I truly believe Megan and Drew are somehow together now, and that they have brought you and Sarah together so you can be happy again. And I believe that Megan Drew and Don were all with us in toronto at the Rainbow Bridge, and that us 3 were supposed to go there that day. And this is one of my very favorite pictures of the 3 of you.

Kelley is a comedian, writer, actor, and speaker living in NYC. She married her soul-mate and best friend Don, in October of 2006. She was 35, and he was 42. Just over four years later, he would die shockingly from a massive heart-attack. Kelley has turne
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