Stephanie Vendrell

  • commented on Widow Bingo 2015-08-01 16:24:16 -0700
    Probably many of us have learned the hard way that people who have not experienced this type of loss just have no idea what they are talking about. I get the “well you know he’s still with you” all the time and I want to wring their necks. I hope as you said that this day will have some new and lovely memories now – but I also know the hard ones will probably always be there too, as they are for us all. Hugs.

  • commented on Maybe 2015-07-31 17:35:44 -0700
    Wow. What an awesome moment, Kelley. Yes we should all be dreaming big. Not always easy…but SO important. Another hug from me to you. :)

  • commented on Triggered 2015-07-30 22:26:22 -0700
    Hi Jane – thanks for writing. I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to abide the reality without them, but I’m glad you went to Camp Widow. It’s a wonderful organization. Blessings to you.

  • commented on Stripped 2015-07-28 17:29:21 -0700
    Beautifully written Tricia…and sad, and so relatable. Our daily routines have changed, as they must, without our partners…and the reminders of the empty space beside us is so painful. Thank you for this.

  • commented on An Unexpected Reason to Smile 2015-07-25 16:41:54 -0700
    I am glad you have such a lovely support network of people who also loved and remembered him. No, no one was as impacted as you by his death, but it is so meaningful to know he is not forgotten by others as well. Those anniversaries are so hard…I found myself sighing a strange sort of relief when that marker passed.

  • commented on She is... 2015-07-26 15:59:53 -0700
    Thank you Yvonne…and Tricia – I find it interesting that our work sometimes seems to mirror each others without planning, as if we are somehow on a similar thought stream. I look forward to reading it…and yes, we do it because we must. So thankful to be sharing it all though.

  • commented on Silver Linings Playbook 2015-07-21 18:20:45 -0700
    I try to focus on silver linings every day…it isn’t always easy, when we do spend so much time thinking about what we’ve lost…but like you I know I would be much more cynical and introverted if I didn’t look for the bright spots. It sounds like Shelby is a very bright spot indeed, you are fortunate that way. I am glad you and Sarah found each other. Maybe some day you will find a way to live closer, but until then, having a friend and someone to love – and who loves you – is about as good as it gets.

  • commented on Dying 2015-07-17 17:01:13 -0700
    Oh Kelley, how AWFUL. On top of everything to have health problems, the scare of it all and not having our guys here to support us just SUCKS. I’ve been going through things myself I’m not ready to write about yet. And I’ve had panic attacks too since Mike died…scariest crap in the world. It all makes me think about my own demise and like you am surprised how much I DO want to live now. Wish I could give you a big hug.

  • commented on Gone Dancing 2015-07-24 16:44:00 -0700
    Hi Joann, I am so sorry for your loss…I have found that writing and sharing about my loss has helped. The community of grief is indeed warm and supportive. I am glad you found Soaring Spirits and Widow’s Voice. It is a terrible time, but you are not alone. Blessings to you.

  • commented on Enough 2015-07-14 14:33:53 -0700
    Looking back at the time of our grief is as hard as looking forward to that future without them. How did we manage it…and how will we manage it? Beautiful and expressive Tricia, thank you, and hugs.

  • commented on The Distance Between Us 2015-07-12 15:00:52 -0700
    I have found quite a few triggers in my new relationship…abandonment issues to be sure, and that is even when he is living in the same house. And you hit it right on the nose that finding someone new doesn’t “fix” everything, and that it really is another chapter in our grief. It’s been hard to explain this to people. Thank you for sharing all this…and I do feel happy you and Mike found each other. At the end of the day there is something to be said for companionship and caring on this earth no matter where we are.

  • commented on The Sisterhood of the Travelling Widows 2015-07-12 00:25:04 -0700
    I LOVE that you have this group. I too have found such solace and support in my widowed friends. There is no way I would be where I am now without them. xoxo

  • commented on What I've Learned 2015-07-20 00:50:49 -0700
    Oh Jennifer I am so terribly sorry for your loss…those first few months are so, so difficult. I am glad you’ve found Widow’s Voice and Soaring Spirits, it’s a wonderful community. Hugs to you.

  • commented on Without Him In It 2015-07-06 16:06:22 -0700
    I too have had my eyes opened to all the grief around me, its many forms, the many reactions…no hierarchy to it, indeed…and yet as you say, something reassuring to share the experience. Your writing continues to touch me very deeply. Thank you Tricia, and hugs to you.

  • commented on New Life, Old Life 2015-07-03 20:28:30 -0700
    SO frigging true. I wish I didn’t get this either…but I do, so very much. Thank you Kelley.

  • commented on The Wave 2015-07-06 16:02:51 -0700
    Hi Helen, I get that feeling very much. Waking up into the nightmare. I am so sorry for your loss too. It just sucks.

  • commented on And the Plan is... 2015-07-01 15:04:52 -0700
    Alison, I am sure I speak for many, many readers out there who all, like me, look forward to your posts to follow your journey, which is not just the metaphorical winding road of grief but the real tar and concrete highways. In a way perhaps many of us wish we could be out there on the road like that, experiencing, learning, grieving… and moving. Through the painful sorrow and madness of grief, to be like a leaf blowing in the wind with, as you said, a real purpose, fueled by that love…something very poetic and soulful about it – and as Kelley said – epic. Thank you for sharing it.

  • commented on Love's Remnants 2015-07-01 14:55:06 -0700
    Thank you for sharing these painfully practical details of sorting through death. I’ve had several clearing/moving days myself, it seems to have been a process that continues to change for me. For awhile I could not bear to have so much of his things around me, but lately I’ve dug some of them out of storage…not sure why, for some reason it seems comforting now, rather than soul-shattering. But it is a very big, emotionally draining job. And the regret? I get that too…Mike was perhaps more like Stan, and me like you…I was always serious and stressed, and he was so joyful and enlightened next to me, but now, I’ve put on that mantle, even as it doesn’t always fit, and attempted to find that light-hearted way he had about him. Anyway it is a wonderful tribute to carry with us, our beautiful loves who taught us so much.

  • commented on Bringing New Love Home 2015-07-01 14:47:47 -0700
    Oh Sarah how blessed you are that Drew’s family has as open hearts as you, and Mike. I am warmed to my core reading this. If the rest of the world could express love like this what a beautiful and peaceful place it would be. I am so incredibly happy for you both.

  • commented on My Other Soul Mate 2015-06-27 17:23:00 -0700
    You are indeed fortunate to have her, Rebecca. All the lovely people and trips and activities we find surrounding that empty void I see somehow as flowers growing around a deep dark hole, hoping one day that hole will be hard to see from the lush foliage…

Honored to have been a blogger here at Widow's Voice for nearly four years. I am so grateful for Soaring Spirits and my widowed support network. Stay tuned for my book about My Life With Mike.
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