old man grief

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  1. This was poignant, heartfelt and beautifully written. My mother is in a home after failed brain surgery left her unable to talk, walk or feed herself. I feel as though I’ve been grieving for her this past year and I know she will never come home. Your story hit on some raw nerves. Everyone deals with grief differently, sometimes before they’ve even passed.

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  2. Thank you so much for this. We lost my mom last December, and my 91 year old Dad and I have grown closer since. We call each other each morning and afternoon, and I visit him at least twice a week. As we go through Mom’s things, it is a bittersweet reminder. But even though we miss her, we know that her spirit is still nearby. We spend a lot of time laughing and remembering together, and Dad is pleased when I can use some of her things.

    Grief is indeed different for everyone. While Dad could gladly go to a grief counseling group sponsored by Hospice (who took wonderful care of Mom at home and helped us immensely), I just couldn’t. But that’s ok; as you say we all grieve differently. I laugh about the hemming ruler because I use so many of Mom’s things now, especially her old Featherweight Singer sewing machine.

    I enjoy your posts very much, and thank you especially for this one.

    Best,

    Jane

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