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Robbie Stamp Speaks on Grief

on November 16th, 2017 by Rebeccca

As I was doing some housework today, I turned on the TV and selected YouTube, as I often do. I find it interesting (and disturbing) how Google keeps track of what I watch and offers me more of the same. The first item up was a TedX talk on Grief by Robbie Stamp. Amazing how [...]

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The Blessings of Dementia

on November 7th, 2017 by Rebeccca

I started this post over four years ago while I was watching my mother slip away. It was going to be titled “The Long Good-bye” or “How my Mother Disappeared” or “How I Lost my Mother.” Something to infer that she was still alive, but no longer the mother that had raised me, sent emails [...]

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Sleepwalking

on November 4th, 2017 by Rebeccca

When I was a kid, I remember waking up at night in the forest clutching my sleeping bag. It was dark. I had no idea where I was. Then I remembered that I was at camp, staying in a cabin with a bunch of girls. But where was the cabin? Everything was pitch black. Somehow [...]

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It’s okay to say the wrong thing

on October 25th, 2017 by Rebeccca

It’s an awkward situation. I’ve been there. I see someone who is grieving or who is receiving cancer treatments. I pretend that I don’t see them. I cross the street. I am paralyzed. What if I say the wrong thing? How can I pretend to understand what they are going through? What if that were [...]

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Traveling

on October 23rd, 2017 by Rebeccca

It has been one month since Galen died. I can see farther now than during the first couple of weeks, when just one day into the future was overwhelming. I can actually see myself taking the teardrop camper on a trip across the country. I realised this while I was moving the camper to a [...]

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Take two tylenol and go to bed

on October 20th, 2017 by Rebeccca

One thing that has surprised me through all this grieving is how much of the emotional pain is felt in the body. For the first couple of weeks it felt like my guts were being pulled out. Now the physical pain seems to move around more. . .to the pit of my stomach and sometimes [...]

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The Brick Wall

on October 14th, 2017 by Rebeccca

There’s a brick wall thrown up right in my path. It wasn’t even done nicely. The mortar between the bricks is ragged. The bricks are faded. I throw myself against the wall. Repeatedly. Trying to break through To catch a glimpse of the life we had planned The future we had dreamed Trying to find him. He’s [...]

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Galen – Slideshow

on October 12th, 2017 by Rebeccca

Here is the slideshow that I put together for the “Remembering Galen” potluck supper. It will give you a glimpse into his amazing life. I missed a lot of events, travels and projects and the photos for a big part of his life are hidden away as slides (waiting to be digitized). If you were [...]

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Remembering Galen

on September 27th, 2017 by Rebeccca

We had talked about a funeral – Galen said he really didn’t care what we did. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do anything. At the time it seemed like a decision I wouldn’t have to make right away. Since then, friends have suggested that it is important to them to have a chance to [...]

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Room Blessing

on September 21st, 2017 by Rebeccca

The Mennonite Nursing Home here in Rosthern does a couple of things to make the passing of a loved one a little easier for the family members. When we arrived back to “Galen’s room” on Wednesday morning, the bed had a white covering over it with a white rose and a card for us. Then [...]

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