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Like a fun house barrel, widowhood can cause you to always be off-balance.

Years ago, I had an “incident” with a fun house barrel.  A and I, along with my brother, his wife, and their two boys, had taken our girls to a local fair (years before our son was born or even thought about).  The small town agricultural fair is pretty…

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How we chose to honor the man we loved and lost too soon one year after our world collapsed.

A few days ago marked one year since my husband passed away, and my grown children and I, along with their significant others, got away for a few days to one of his favorite spots in Florida. I’ve heard this one-year point called every thing from “death…

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If I could have given myself some encouragement when I first became a widow, it would be this:

It seems that everyone feels they know about grief.  Everyone has a story to tell, or advice to dispense.  Many people do know about grief, but yet, it’s a very personal thing.  The information I’m about to provide may help you.  It may allow you to…

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I’ve spoken on more than one occasion of the importance of music in my relationship with my late husband.  It was an integral part of our family life, and the value and meaning of certain songs and lyrics haven’t stopped simply because he’s not physically…

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On May 3rd, reach out to a widow or widower you know. Remind them that someone cares.

Have you ever heard of National Widows Day?  Yeah, me, neither.   But this year it’s on Wednesday, May 3rd, for the record. It’s a fairly new event that evolved from a concept known as Widow’s Wednesday.  This was started as essentially a way for people…

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I see the dark days looming and feel helpless to prevent them...

I’ve been stuck in a bit of a weird place this last week or so (even stranger than the place I’ve been in for nearly the past year).  You see, the one year mark is looming, not only for A’s passing in mid-April, but also for his heart attack at the…

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It was exactly one year ago today that I sat on the beach with my husband on a Sunday afternoon discussing the steps necessary for him to get a business started.  After pursuing a career in golf for several years, he had decided it might be time to think…

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Why feeling comfortable talking about grief aids the healing process.

We (finally, thankfully) live in a time where we can talk about many topics once considered taboo.  Subjects which were once not brought up in “polite company” are now openly discussed (and rightfully so).  Things such as sexual assaults, interracial…

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It’s Saturday night as I write this, and I’ve only just gotten home a short while ago after a pleasant dinner with a couple from back “home”.  I went to school with the husband, and already felt as though I knew his wife through her Facebook posts,…

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Valentine's Day without being half of a couple is tough, especially when it's a new experience

As you can imagine, today is tough already, and it has barely even started. I write this at just past midnight after tossing and turning for the past hour.  I had fallen asleep early, turning off the lamp and dozing off before 9, but woke suddenly just…
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