Staci Sulin commented on Bedsheets, Duct Tape and Hockey Sticks 2019-07-04 15:54:44 -0700Bonnie, Those of us in this community hold space for each other in our hearts. Stay the course, thankfully, tough days come to an end and we try again tomorrow. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Grief Math 2019-06-13 09:09:06 -0700Don, I have a lousy memory – since he died – so this does help me avoid some of the pitfalls of grief. Initially, I was largely in a fog, and I am certain that this was by design. The first year is a blur to me. Now, I am becoming more present which is necessary for me and my sons. Best to you as always, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Strongish at Best 2019-06-13 09:10:46 -0700Karen, Stay the course. Some days are exhausting on all fronts. Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Empty Act 2019-06-08 13:20:06 -0700Bonnie I am glad the blog is helping you cope. Continue to source things and people who make this awful experience slightly more bearable. I hope your grief group is a good fit for you. I attended a few and found them useful. Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Does this ever get easier? 2019-05-24 15:33:59 -0700Jeanne, I wish I had the answers to give you. I ask myself what “now what?” constantly. Daily, I question what I am supposed to do. I think we just keep any type of forward momentum that we can… Best to you as we both try to figure this out. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Where Are You Mike? 2019-05-24 15:37:16 -0700Joyce, What a beautiful sign from your son to give you messages through your friends and children’s dreams. They are “here” even if we can not see them. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Hollow Inside 2019-04-29 14:37:29 -0700Christopher, I am glad what I wrote could validate your feelings. That said, I wish you didn’t understand the aching inside my heart. Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on 6 Years of Tired~ 2019-04-29 14:34:47 -0700Yes, to all you wrote.
At 2.4 years, I see that this heaviness and missingness isn’t going anywhere. Life without them will not be as good as it was with them -ever. That is just the truth.
So, now what? I ask myself this all day long… ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Everything but the Kitchen Sink 2019-06-12 12:34:13 -0700Kathy, I am glad that you feel validated in what you read. I am sorry you understand this.
Staci Sulin commented on Facade 2 2019-04-17 17:56:48 -0700Karen,
Like you, I have accepted that this emptiness and aching is something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life because our love was deep. It was a soul connection and death does not lessen this type of love. In fact, I think it makes it stronger. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Holding Pattern 2019-03-26 11:55:21 -0700Ron
Thank you for sharing your heart.
I’m rooting for you, for me, for us all as we find our way again. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Time Change 2019-03-17 21:40:27 -0700Bobby, Thank you for your thoughtful comment. This means a lot coming from a fellow blogger. With appreciation, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Weak at the Knees 2019-03-06 16:49:41 -0800Christine, I guess our hearts speak the same language. I ’m happy my blog spoke to you so deeply. TIme will reveal the next part of our life story. Best to you and to me as we find the women we are becoming. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Wanderlust 2 2019-03-06 15:26:30 -0800Ron, None of this is easy. Answers are hard to come by. Our worlds imploded it is no wonder we “can’t see forward”. But, with time, commitment and hard work I think things will somehow come together… Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Stale Coffee 2019-03-03 11:42:35 -0800Indie, Yes, I agree, sometimes it is hard to “really even give a shit”. Yet, here we are. I attempt to try to reenter life because the alternative is too bleak for me and my children. ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Reconstruction 2019-03-03 11:32:32 -0800Indie, You sure have accomplished many “herculean job(s)”. I wish that your existence felt less “meaningless”, but I do appreciate your honesty in your comments. Best to you, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on I'm still your Girl 2019-02-18 09:34:06 -0800Laren, Thank you for sharing your heart and story with us. Like you, I cling to “the imprints of (his) existence.” And, it is a “modest comfort” as you say, but it often leaves me wanting more. More of what I can not have… It is the quandary of grief.
The love you have for Barbara comes through in your words. #longlivelove ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Lifelines 2019-02-05 17:55:07 -0800Susan,
I understand. Some days, for no particular reason, the missing goes to the depths of us. And, there is nothing that can be done except to endure it. And, as you know, the awful yearning eventually passes and returns to the dull emptiness from which it was born.
I think “wailing” is called for on the days that our Souls wildly ache. There are no words to describe the desire to have and to hold someone who is gone from here. So, sometimes tears speak when words simply can not suffice. Have your cry. Your tears will cleanse you and tomorrow is a new day. Best to you as always, ~S.
Staci Sulin commented on Joy Isn't Found in Tap Water 2019-02-03 16:58:07 -0800Ron,
Firstly, great tune.
Second, I think it is okay to let calls go to voice mail sometimes. We have to trust our instincts and practice self-care which includes taking time for ourself. Grief demands our attention; and although exhausting, we have to take the time to absorb it.
Best to you my fellow cold water splasher. ~S.
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. This isn't easy, but it is the only way through this mess.
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 over 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 afraid 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 on, begin to recreate a beautiful life for yourself.
From the Ledge with Wings in Hand,
When Mike died I felt my foundation shift and collapse. I buried him, but it was me who was buried alive by the wreckage of our dilapitdated life. For a long time I thought that maybe if I stood still he’d come for me. I thought he would somehow find me and save me from the ruins of our lost life. Then, after a while, I realized that Mike was not coming back - ever. I recognized that I was on my own. I knew that I had to rescue myself. But, I felt disoriented and far from battle ready.
Early on, Grief had the upper hand because my confidence and self identity were lost and buried deep in the rubble of our shattered life. Even now, I can barely process all the changes that have occurred.
To soothe my Soul, I catch myself instinctively rocking and clutching my collarbone - as I choke for breathe. I do this more often than I care to admit. Daily. My life is not easy anymore. In fact, it is often so overwhelming that my breath is chaotic. I'm tired of being out of breath.
I have to starting participating life in, or it will pass me by. I know this. Yet, despite what I know, I am stood still standing on the sidelines waiting to catch my breath for far too long. I feel myself watching life unfold. And, I know that I need to get back in the game. I hate that I have benched myself because I am tired. I hate that I am sitting out rather than engaging in the game of life. I am growing impatient with myself and my lack of commitment. I can't just write about actioning change. I need to bring my ideas to life. And, to do this I have to leave the safety and predictability of the sidelines behind. When I start participating in the game, I will bring myself back to life. I know this. So, it's about time I do this.
It's Sunday again.
Right about now, I should hear you happily humming as you walk down the stairs to start the coffee.
As I lay in our bed, I should notice the familiar sound of the beans grinding.
Soon, the smell of coffee should be thick in the air.
There should be music playing in the kitchen.
And, any moment now, my phone should ding and the screen should light up with
- your name.
Right now, you should be sending me my "Good Morning Beautiful" text message.
The same familiar, heartfelt 3 word message you lovingly sent to me every single day.
You sent me this message to me every morning.
You sent this text on your way to work, or from home in our kitchen where you should be right now on this Sunday morning.
You should be making coffee and texting me from the kitchen table.
But, you're not here.
I'm spending another Sunday without you.