What a year...yikes!
Retired for 3 years and this has been the toughest...
My biological father whom I met 11 years ago passed away before Christmas, we decided to celebrate his life after the holidays were over. The date they (his immediate family) picked was my oldest sons birthday which was hard for us.
A week later. my wife's godfather, her uncle died. As we were preparing to leave for Timmins, we received a call that morning from my wife's brother that their mother had died. She was devastated as were all of us since we were really close to her. I felt I had to be strong for everyone so I put my grief on the back burner which I've done in the past with varying degrees of success.
One of my brothers called me a week later that a cousin who had been at my Dads funeral, had died!
We went through all the estate stuff over the next couple of months and we ultimately decided to sell their parents home.
Well a month or so ago, my sister daughter in law, a mother of three, the oldest just ten, died of liver cancer. only 42 !
A month ago, my youngest daughter decided to break up with her boyfriend of two years which was devastating for us as we really loved the young man and were thinking that wedding bells were soon.
A week ago my brother whose business had failed suffered a nervous breakdown and left his wife... all this loss was and has been unbearable so I picked up a book on grief recovery which should help we hope.
What a year... finally getting some energy back and then we get knocked down again. figuratively speaking.