Year Two More Difficult Than Year One

Discussion in 'Loss of Spouse' started by JackieA, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. JackieA

    JackieA New Member

    My husband will be gone for two years on April 4th, 2018. It is true about year one being the "Numb" year. You seem to go through the motions-day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Really-my children and grandchildren were the only reason I just did not give up.

    Now it is year two and it is holiday season. I could not do anything the previous year . I was lucky to get out of bed. I am pushing to make holiday this year. I am trying to get back into feeling better, but I am finding I
    cannot stop crying. I just cannot get back any joy into my life. I am still just going through the motions.

  2. Celeste3

    Celeste3 New Member

    Hi, Jackie, I feel the same. It will be 2 years in April for me as well. We were married for 41 years. The first year was “getting thru” things. I’ve read that the 2nd year is harder and boy is it. The loneliness is unbearable at times and find it so hard to accept that this is my life now
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  3. JackieA

    JackieA New Member

    Hi Celeste-Thanks for your reply. I wish I had something encouraging to say to you, but I do not. I am trying everything I know ( therapist, friends, children,)
    to stay afloat. There are times the physical and emotional pain is overwhelming. It is hard to have hope. We were married for 40 years also. My thoughts are with you.
  4. Sheila512

    Sheila512 Active Member

    To Jackie and Celeste....I have no magic words. My husband of more than 40 years has been gone 18 months and I go through the motions as well. I work part time, walk the dog and cook for a few people. Nothing makes me happy. I need a new purpose...not to be busier, just to do meaningful things. I have his smiling face on my screen saver and it maks me smile. I am paiently waiting to dream about him and be enveloped in his arms again. Accepting life as it seems impossible but I look around at the widows I know and they seem to be making something of their lives. They don't seem to cry all the time. They go out and smile and laugh and that is want I want to do, I don't feel it is wrong to be happy but I haven't found what that is yet. I am exploring volunteering on the dys I don't work. Much love to both of you and peace in your future. That is what we need...peace.
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  5. griefic

    griefic Administrator Staff Member

    Sheila, thank you so much for sharing and for your encouraging words. I believe strongly that a search for purpose is a very big but important goal after loss. Searching for happiness may go down a long and empty road, or two often we may find it taking us backwards as we say to ourselves, how can I ever really be happy again? But a search for purpose is very different. The focus is on fulfillment and finding a reason to wake up each day. Interestingly, the happiness seems to inevitably follow. Different of course, than the happiness before, but I find the grievers I work with report finding light and joy again (even if it takes a lot longer than they ever could have expected). We address the challenge of grieving in the second year in our blog:, and also in the search for purpose:
    I hope they can be a help to you, and I'm so glad to have all of you here on our site. I hope you find the help and support you need. Please take care~