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Good Grief — 30 Comments

  1. Grief is no fun, but if we couldn’t grieve we couldn’t love. We’d be like those spiders that eat their own mates and children.

  2. Thanks for sharing what you are going through right now. It gives those of us who are praying for you–something concrete to put before the throne of God on your behalf. When I lost several family members in rapid succession, I also felt very disoriented. For me, though, it was like I was in a fog. At times (and strange as it may seem), I even felt that my head was full of cotton balls. As you surely know,the grieving process is different for everyone. Just know that I pray for you many times throughout the day and that Sarah and Brian also send their love and hugs to you–across the miles.

    • Thank you, dear friend. Sarah and Brian called today. I’ll return their call tonight. I appreciate your love and support so much.

  3. When Charles was with us he was always and Inspiration. Now he is with The LORD and you are an Inspiration as you go through this difficult time.

    We love you and are with you dear Sister.

  4. Forgetting to stop at places sounds like what my mom did after we lost my dad. I’m so glad you’re being intentional about eating right and walking and resting. They say it’s the best thing you can do after such a shock. Resting in the arms of the Lord must have a new meaning for you now. I pray for His strong arms to uphold you and hug you and keep you steady when waves threaten to wash over you. You’re in our thoughts and prayers, sweet gal.

    • Nancy, you know the path I’m walking. Thank you for encouraging me with your prayers.

  5. Dear Karen, My heart goes all out to you … for you … your writing is so vivid I can see you driving by yourself passing all the stops you planned to … I’m praying for God to give your peace, strength to go on knowing that your beloved Charles in Heaven now also wanted you to be safe, sound and healthy … and also Please keep it in mind, whenever you feel like some company, I’d love to drive over to see you or if you want to come sightseeing San Francisco, I’ll be here to accompany you. I can cook some yummy Chinese food I promised you I would. OK? Blessings, Jing

    • Jing, what a lovely invitation. I will take you up on it later this year when I come up for air. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  6. Dearest Karen,
    Thank you for sharing your feelings. This is another way to cope with grief.
    Sometimes “words” get in my way. So, since I cannot be there with you in person, just sit down, close your eyes, put your arms atound yourself and ‘pretend it is Me’helping you cry while holding you close and not saying a word!
    Agape, Margaret

    • I will do that right now, Margaret. Thank you for hugging me through the pain of losing Charles.

  7. Karen your mind and emotions are in shock. Bob is just in the Nursing home, but I grieved at losing him as an active husband. I made all the wrong turns in life and could not focus on my driving. We become an emotional wreck at times like this. Sometimes, we become child-like and need someone to be strong for us, until our boldness sets back in. I believe this is because, we know our other half is not with us anymore, so we do not know how to function without them just yet. Time is a wonderful healer but, in the meantime, stay busy until you feel creative again-you will. God bless you in all you do. Psalm 23rd helped me cope at night.

    • Mary, thank you for this very helpful advice and encouragement. I receive every word with gratitude.

  8. Karen,
    I continue to lift you up in prayer each morning asking for His comfort and strength to fill you. I would be delighted to take you on a hike under the Redwoods when you visit the S.F Bay Area.

    • Thanks, Liz. I so appreciate your prayers and words of comfort. I appreciate your invitation for a hike under the Redwoods.

  9. Karen, thanks for sharing both your to-be-expected mind mush and the grace God is extending to you day by day. Love you!

  10. Dear Karen,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and cannot imagine what it feels like to lose your soulmate and companion.

    My pen is silent but my heart is beating steady and soft with sympathy and sorrow for you.

    May you sense God’s hand leading you down a peaceful path beyond the place of loneliness.

    From my heart, BRC

    • Beth, thank you for your beautiful message and words of comfort and sympathy. I’m so grateful you wrote. I will always remember our special relationship and how we became soul sisters during our time together in the writing course. God bless you.

  11. Hi Karen, Grief is a process but I’m sure thou know this. These last ten years have not been to mind to my family as far as members passing to be with the Lord. Praise God that those who have passed in my family have gone to be with the Lord. It is a comfort to me, or as much comfort as I can muster because of their passing. God bless you Karen. I appreciate and covet your friendship and my heart goes out to you.

    • Thanks, Jim. We have much in common with the passing of our loved ones. The great comfort is knowing we will see them again. I appreciate your encouraging words.

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