It's wrenching enough to lose the man who is your lover, your companion, your best friend, the father of your children, without losing yourself as well.
Since every death diminishes us a little,
we grieve - not so much for the death
as for ourselves.
After my husband died, I felt like one of those spiraled shells washed upon the beach... Poke a straw through the twisting tunnel, around and around, and there is nothing there. No flesh. No life. Whatever lived there is dried up and gone.
Widow" is a harsh and hurtful word. It comes from the Sanskrit and it means "empty." I have been empty too long.
If the door is locked, try the window.
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