A Widow in Pursuit of Happiness – blog on the Hope for Widows website

At the final session, she gave us an assignment. She’ll never see it. We’ll never share it. It was just a parting gift for us to mull over and write about, another way to gain insight into ourselves, our writing abilities, our hopes, our dreams. She said, “Write about what you’re afraid of.”

After the workshop, as I pondered the question and stared at the blank page, I came up with one word that surprised me…


I am afraid of happiness. That’s what widowhood has done to me. Watching Rick slowly die and my happiness drain away changed me. I found someone to love, someone I wanted to spend my life with. And he died. And with his death, my whole life turned upside down and my happiness evaporated.

Read the blog on the Hope for Widows website.

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