It was basically about the time I was finishing up the writing of my book that I found this group. It's amazing I didn't find them earlier, but I guess the universe was leading me on my path without the true assistance of other widows. The raw writing in my book may very likely been changed if I had found them before. It seemed like I was stumbling, faltering, and seeking my path, and writing most certainly added to my healing. Once I became a member of Widowed Village, I was able to move around and find the right group for me, it was also validating that everything I wrote about also happened to many others on this journey.
Being a widow has certain labels that go with it. Understand, dear reader, that I am showing my utmost honor to those who have gone before me...but there are varying degrees of widowhood. There are those of us in our boomer ages, there are those who become "instant" widows, there are those who are "young widows" with young children, and there are those of us who never married, but were companions until death. You see death is not discrimnating when it comes to the age of your widowhood.
I, in my appreciation of my life with Larry, understand that my 36 years with him were so beautiful. We were solvent. We were locked into a journey of courage. We were committed to the end, the very end. As I move through the chat rooms at Widowed Village and read the extreme pain that some are going through....I feel I can lend my hand of experience of having been there. It helps me and it certainly helps those who I talk to. I feel like I'm giving back. This is healthy, this is good.
So, in the spirit of giving, I will take my books to Camp Widow, and donate all of my proceeds from the sales of the book back to Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. It would only be right. Enjoy and look for the light within! Share this with others.