loss of spouse


Living again after loss

Single parenting was not a part of my dream for the future. But a few months after our 16th wedding anniversary, a doctor said, “I’m so very sorry” as he diagnosed my husband’s brain cancer. Soon I was left to raise a 10-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter alone.

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No sweeter thing

Tears dripped into my bowl of cookie dough. I kept stirring, uncaring. Dark chocolate chips slowly blended with the thick mixture and my tears. I longed for a touch of sweetness to soothe my inner ache. Instead, hopeless thoughts filled my mind.

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A thing of beauty

My tired body leaned against the kitchen counter while my sister, Laura, dried the last of the dishes. Across town, my husband, Jason, lay in a hospital room recovering from brain surgery. Wrapped in the night’s stillness, I thought about what was to come and murmured, “I guess we’re about to see the answer to our prayers. One way or another, it will all be over soon.”

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Don’t send a sympathy card

An invisible knife pierces my heart. Ever since my 59-year-old husband lost his valiant battle with colon cancer, I’ve waited for him to call, to hear his hearty laugh – but silence looms.

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A hand to hold

I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16).

You probably don’t remember the first person’s hand you held, but most likely it was your mother’s or father’s. When you got a little bigger, Mom or Dad would take your hand before crossing a street. Their hands of protection were always there, even though you liked to run free.

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