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Sunshine and Sadness

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The sun has come out! Outside, and in my heart. I have felt the sun shine on me through all your kind and supportive comments on my blogs. I feel the SparkLove through all of you. It really brightens my life.

We have had a dreary summer. At least it hasn't been as hot as normal, but it has been humid with all the rain. Usually cloudy rainy weather depresses me after a few days, but I've been in such good spirits from feeling heathy, that it hasn't gotten me down.

Though this is a sad time for me. My 95 year old friend is dying. He has lost his ability to swallow and chokes when he eats and drinks. I am a companion (hired) to his wife. I've known them and worked for them for 6 years. It's hard not to feel close. I am sad for her especially, and I don't know how I will do trying to comfort her when she loses him. He has been in assisted living for 3 years now, so she is used to him not being at home, though it is still going to be a major loss. To think they have been married 70 years. That's unfathomable, to me.

Keep us all in your thoughts and prayers. She has two daughters and their families living in the area as well.

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    Thoughts and prayers are headed your direction today.

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    1736 days ago
  • _JODI404
    Holding you and your dear friends in my prayers. 70 years -- wow! I'm sure it will be very hard for her to lose him, even if he hasn't been a daily presence in recent years.

    Glad that despite this sadness, life is feeling brighter for you! That is really great to hear! emoticon

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    1738 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Praying for all of you in this difficult time. As a former nurse, I know how close you can get to your patients. Many become friends... emoticon
    1739 days ago
    That is a truly wonderful job you are doing - you wouldn't be as good at what you do if you did NOT become close to them. I will pray for your friend and her hubby - it is hard to lose someone you love but even harder to watch them start to fade away. (HUGS)
    1739 days ago
    May our God of comfort give you all peace in this time of uncertainty. He will give you strength to continue in love and help with healing process. In Jesus name. Amen.

    God bless,

    1739 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Good you are feeling ok. Although it is very sad about your friends try not to take too much of their grief and loss on yourself. You need to look after yourself first, then you can be a better support to others. emoticon
    1739 days ago
    It sounds similar to how I feel about my students after working with them and their families for 6 years. I'm sure they are glad to have your friendship. Sounds like you are doing well otherwise.
    1739 days ago
  • LARISSA238
    *hugs* I can't imagine losing someone after 70 years of marriage. I can't think about losing Geo, and it's only been 8 years for us. My heart goes out to her, and I will keep all of you in my thoughts!
    1739 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Keeping you all in my Prayers..married for 70 years what a Blessing..God Bless you emoticon
    1739 days ago

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    1739 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    I'll be keeping all of you in my prayers and thoughts and sending good vibes your way.

    Is your friend in hospice care in Assisted Living? I ask not from a nosy perspective but as someone who has benefited greatly by the experiences I had first with my Grandma, and then with my stepdad. My Mom also volunteers with a hospice in the bereavement department.
    1739 days ago
    Hard to fathom is right!

    I'm glad they have you as a friend! You'll know what to say and do when the time comes.

    I hope you can enjoy the sun while it lasts! emoticon
    1739 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! 70 years is a long time. We celebrate our 40th in November. Will keep thoughts and prayers for your friends.
    1739 days ago
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