Staci Sulin commented on Another Birthday without him 2018-12-09 12:32:32 -0800Susan thank you for your note. There is hope and I am not the only one who is here to share this with you. I think everyone here at Soaring Spirits International will attest that if you “stay the course” (the title of the blog I am writing next) better days come. WIth all the grit we can muster, somehow, we will find our way back towards life. It takes a fine balance between grit and grace to get there, but it is possible. It is not easy, far from it. I am not there yet, but I see it is within my grasp and I am so grateful for this. Keep hope in your heart Susan, I am rooting for you this holiday season and always. Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Another Year 2018-12-09 12:39:54 -0800Beth, Thank you for your heartfelt comment. It is normal to feel completely underwhelmed and then the next moment feel utterly overwhelmed. That is grief in all it’s glory I suppose. But, like I said to Beth, when our “life force” grows stronger and our desire to LIVE gets so strong it can no longer be ignored, this is when our grief softens and gets quieter. When we decide surviving is not enough, that’s when we can begin to recreate a new life for ourselves. This moment comes eventually for everyone if they work hard. If you believe that this can and it will happen for you. Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on It's Me 2018-11-21 10:19:23 -0800Indie, Focus on the love you shared and not the missing if you can. When I am simply grateful for his love I feel less awful. Gratitude is helpful and powerful for me. In truth, I do not think the missing ever will go away. But, it can soften with practice. For me I created a mantra “I will miss you less, and love you more”. It helped me to reframe my thoughts and gave me some peace from the gut wrenching missing. Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Condiments 2018-11-11 12:13:14 -0800Susan,
I am sorry you understood my blog so deeply, but I am glad your feelings found the validation they deserve. I relate to what you’ve shared; and, like you, I will continue to treasure certain items because he touched them in the past.
Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on I Don't Like Dessert 2018-11-21 10:27:17 -0800Luis, Thank you for your kind and heartfelt comments. And, I wish you the best this holiday season and in this “season of life”. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Maybe this will Help - What I know about Grief and Support 2018-11-11 12:01:01 -0800Elisa,
Thank you for your heartfelt comment.
Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Makeshift Plan 2018-10-07 17:36:20 -0700Bonnie,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I think your story of perseverance will give many people hope. We are challenged to move outside our comfort zone when our spouse dies. It is essential to do as you have, to build a “life without him and become (these) strong, independent (women)”. Best to you and to us all. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Connection 2018-10-14 20:33:31 -0700Linda thank you for sharing your story with us. What a beautiful story of unexpected love.
Best to you as always. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on A Life Unfinished 2018-10-19 09:35:02 -0700Mary, I agree that the small, ordinary things are so hard to live without. I am grateful for my memories of our coffee ritual and the little nuances we shared, however even with a grateful heart, it is hard not to miss this life we shared together. Best to you, and to us all. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Blind Faith 2018-09-10 11:37:10 -0700Kathleen.
Stay the course. Things will get softer with time…
Best to you and to us all.
Staci Sulin commented on Helpers 2018-09-24 08:47:15 -0700Candy,
Thank you for sharing part of your story with us. I think both of us “being vulnerable and speaking (our) truth” will resonate with others and perhaps even help them stay the course and feel the strength they need to continue on this journey back towards living.
My dear friend has a story that is similar to yours. Two years ago, both she and her husband were each battling cancer. She survived and had he did not. She had to make his funeral arrangements while she was undergoing chemo. Recently, her cancer has returned and she continues to fight because she loves life. Like you she is tired, and she aches for her husband, but she continues on the best way she knows how.
Best to you and to us all,
Staci Sulin commented on Our First Wedding Anniversary 2018-09-03 00:51:02 -0700Tim,
What a beautifully written comment. I can’t add anything further to what you so eloquently said.
The heartfelt way you write about Love has me assuming you are someone who “read and understand(s)”my words.
Best to you and I look forward to reading more of your thoughtful comments.
Take good care,
Staci Sulin commented on Now What? 2018-08-02 06:36:42 -0700Indira
Thank you for sharing what you are feeling. You are not alone. We have all been there with the same questions and concerns and thoughts.
Outliving Mike is easily the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
But, moment by moment, day by day grief changes. It gets softer with time. We have no choice but to build life around the emptiness inside us. Not easy, but possible – eventually.
And, some days are definitely easier than others. Lean in to those who support and understand you.
All the best to you and to us all. S.
Staci Sulin commented on Options 2018-08-02 06:27:25 -0700Antonella
8 months is early days.. you don’t need to BE anything right now.
Of course you have responsibilities that you are duty bound to fill; and unfortunately the world doesn’t stop when our world is shattered. It’s damn hard.
But it is possible to get to a place where you feel more content.
Absorbing the death of your husband doesn’t just happen with time. It’s hard work. And, in the early days be patient with yourself.
Sitting in our grief and feeling it’s ugliness is part of the process, and it isn’t easy. I don’t think you are stagnant, I think you are grieving and being still is part of it in the early days.
And, most people can not understand the depth and breadth of ourbloss unless their spouse has also died.
All the best to you and to us all,
Staci Sulin commented on Living Room 2018-08-02 06:18:58 -0700Christine
Thank you for your heartfelt response. Thriving is essential to recreating a life worth living, but it is much harder work than merely surviving. However, I think thriving and living well really does honour our beloved ones more.
So here’s to “sur-thriving “ as you put it.
All the best to you.
Staci Sulin commented on La Bella Vita 2018-08-02 06:13:04 -0700Laren
Thank you for sharing your story.
I agree that their presence lives on and their signature is written all over the way we continue to live our lives. What a treasure for us.
All the best to you, and to us all.
Staci Sulin commented on Beginnings 2018-08-02 06:53:02 -0700Laren
Thank you for your kind words of support to Jennifer. My response was delayed and I appreciate that you stepped up to offer support.
Staci Sulin commented on Single Seat 2018-06-23 13:57:42 -0700Bobby, Thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate your honest, heartfelt comments. My heart is with you as you solo parent. My situation is very different than yours; but as a parent I understand some of the things you wrote about and I completely acknowledge your struggles. All the best to you and to us all.
Staci Sulin commented on Marry Me. 2018-08-02 07:02:50 -0700Linda
Our stories are incredibly similar. It is surreal even though we live it!
I assure you that, with time and hard work we can both recreate a life. And, no it isn’t the life we imagined, but it the one we have.
It will not be easy, but it’s posdible over time.
You are in the early days. Be patient and gentle with yourself.
And, know that grief is fluid. It changes with time…
Staci Sulin commented on Let It Ride 2018-06-04 10:19:33 -0700Stephanie, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I agree with you, there is “such an empty void without them”, but aside from this, we just have to keep living somehow. Some days I drown in the sadness and other days I feel hopeful that better days are ahead. And, all days I stay strong on Mike’s love as I try to find my way without him physically here. #strongonhislove
It is my privileged to write to you each week and I hope my blog inspires you to question what is stirring in your heart. I encourage you to lean into your grief. And, to feel it to it's depth.
I believe that we are lead back towards life and living when we allow ourselves to be still, and sit in the "nothingness" where grief lives. Visiting this empty place is difficult, but it is necessary. This quiet place holds the blueprints of our new, changed life.
I know you are scared to go to the edge of this place; admittedly, I am too. But, we have to take a leap of faith. With time, I am gathering momentum, and I am going to leap and build my wings on the way down.
It has been almost two years since Mike died and I realize that what I fear most about the future is not the risks and uncertainty. What I am afraid of is letting the opportunities for change pass me by. I am scared that I will settle into an ordinary life when I want an extraordinary life.
I am worried that I will play small, when my potential is big. As I write to you each week I am challenging us both not to shrink. I am keeping us accountable. I do not want either of us to fall back into an easy comfortableness when we can leap forward, towards a bold life. I want you to manifest the best in yourself. Go, create a beautiful life for yourself. We can not let life pass us by.
From the Ledge with Wings in Hand,
I am no longer counting the days or the months of Mike's deadness.
It has become irrelevant to me.
The numbers don't matter anymore.
Mike is gone. Mike is really dead. And, I am not. This is what matters.
I know this sounds harsh, but how else can I put it? His death has been harsh, and that's such an understatment it is beyond ridiculous. Mike being dead sucks more than anything has ever sucked in my entire life. But, there is nothing that can change this. It simply is what it is.
His dead status is not fixable. Nothing can be done to undo it. And, no amount of practice or time makes me feel at "peace" with Mike being dead. But, I know that I do have to accept that he is dead because it can not be changed.
Until recently, I hated the word acceptance in relation to Mike's death. I have consistently resisted acceptance until now. To this point, I haven't learned to accept his death further than a cognitive level. However, now, I acknowledge that I need to do more than this.
This third year of widowhood, I have decided that I am going to try to accept Mike's death at the Heart level. I know that in the Heart is where true acceptance exists. True acceptance is something I have to feel, it isn't a thing I can think my way towards.
I am not entirely sure how to go about accepting Mike's death. And, I am not sure if anything particular is required of me other than my strong desire to make acceptance happen. I am going to simply stay the course and I will attempt to soften the edges of my grief - even more. If I can make my grief "quieter", I know that I will begin to hear the heartbeat of life again. Acceptance - it will ultimately lead me towards LIVING again; therefore it is mandatory for me to work on it.Read more