Last night, I attended the third meeting of the bereavement support group I recently joined. We heard stories from several new members of the group and the details of one member’s story were eerily similar to the details to my story. It was remarkable and reinforces my belief that I stand to gain much relief from the pain of my loss of my wife Patty by discussing our shared experiences. Somehow, the knowledge that others have the sort of pain that I am experiencing is a form of grief therapy for me.
I learned the name of the deceased spouse of another member of our group and the name seemed familiar to me. I established that I had done volunteer work with the deceased person in the distant past and we had a great conversation about that. What a small world this is.