Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Another Widow's Voice

One of the blessings of the work I do is the opportunity to share stories with widows from all over the world. Our sister widows are some of the most generous, courageous, inspiring people I have ever met. You all continue to humble me with your trust, and I am touched by your willingness to share your personal journey of grief with myself, and your sister widows.

Today I received this wonderful antidote from my friend Kathy who lives in Seattle, Washington. Kathy lost her husband of 28 years, Steve, in September of 2006. Through the fires of grief and the devastating pain of loss, her long held dream of becoming an elementary school teacher has emerged as the precious metal that the flames left behind. I am thrilled to report that she is going to school full-time, and heading confidently towards her dream of teaching young people. Here is the message she sent me today, I smiled as I read her words, and thought you might, too......

Good Morning Michele,

When VHS movies first came out, Steve had a poor copy of Neil Diamond's The Jazz Singer. He loved that movie and the girls grew up watching it. They have searched for it, but have never been able to find it. Today, while I was doing Christmas shopping at Target, I looked up and there on the shelf was the 25Th anniversary copy on DVD of The Jazz Singer.....two copies left. It was like he was saying, "here's my Christmas gift for them." Oh, I love it when those special moments happen.

Hope your holiday preparations are happy and your home full of love.

Merry Christmas!!


“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight .When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” - Helen Keller

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