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letters to the deceased
« on: March 14, 2015, 09:01:59 AM »
I wrote this a year out. I was still pretty angry then.

Dear J,
you went out of your way to make the last years of our marriage unpleasant. You had time for everyone except me. You had unrequited crushes on at least four or five women whom you talked about constantly. If I wanted to speak with you about anything, your response was usually, "Make it quick. I have things to do."

Well, you were an alcoholic who couldn't hold a job the last six years of your life, so you weren't going to work. We had no money, so you weren't making improvements on the house. Every time I was away from home though, you were talking with the women you had crushes on.  That is, until each of them learned to check the caller ID and not pick up the phone when it was you. One of them even had a family member talk to you, as having a man in his mid-fifties call, drunk, wanting to talk to their 21-year-old daughter freaked them out.

So here's the part that grates on my nerves, J. You were diagnosed with lung cancer. Someone had to stand by you and take care of you. Those girls you had hopeless crushes on: they didn't drive you to the hospital to have your porta-cath installed. They didn't go to the treatment center to take notes on your after care. They weren't there when you were taking your temperature three times a day to see if any infection had set in,ready to drive you to the hospital. They weren't there to clean up after you when you were sick. They didn't change the sheets, find more pillows to prop you up, try to prepare food you could keep down. They weren't there to try to raise your spirits.

They got the friendly, jovial, albeit drunk J. I got the sick, irritable one. No one knew what you were like to live with; they thought you treated me the way you treated them. Not fair at all. I can't say anything to anyone now because speaking ill of the dead, well, that would only make me look bad.

I realize it was partly my own doing because I never had the guts to call it quits. So somehow, I have to forgive you for being human, and me for making a poor choice and sticking with it, even when it was clear things weren't going to change.

I know, or at least I rationalize, that you very likely loved me the best you knew how. But because I didn't feel loved I now feel cheated.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2015, 09:06:03 AM by nonesuch »


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Re: letters to the deceased
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2015, 11:07:25 AM »
Thank you for sharing this.  There are some here, who didn't have perfect marriages, and who, like you, feel they can't share this with people in their real lives.  I loved my Kenneth, and we mostly had a pretty good life together.  His illness changed him, though, and there were times, when he became verbally abusive.  I didn't share that with anyone, because I didn't want people to think poorly of my husband.  There were times, when I was hurt and when I wanted out, too; and yet I stayed, because I knew there would be no one else to take care of him, if I left.  I can honestly say, there were times, when I felt cheated, too.
"The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude." - Thornton Wilder

Thank you, my dearest Kenneth, for loving me and for giving me the best 13 years of my life.


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Re: letters to the deceased
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2015, 12:20:37 PM »
That is a very good way to let the anger go. I hope it helped you! Of course there is always bad times and like someone told me. People tend to have amnesia remembering the bad side of the deceased. We tend to glorify them. But I disagree, I think that we let go of the bad because it does not good to our heart so only the good is left.


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Re: letters to the deceased
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2015, 08:33:16 AM »
I think you are an Angel. Because you did, and wrote, what you did.
Mine was an admiration letter, to myself. I don't know in hindsight, whether I did, or said, the right things.
But it's for sure, I Loved, with all my heart.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2015, 08:35:10 AM by look2thesky »


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Re: letters to the deceased
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2015, 12:29:26 AM »

I know, or at least I rationalize, that you very likely loved me the best you knew how. But because I didn't feel loved I now feel cheated.
Nonesuch, that is beautifully said and you are very courageous. I am sorry for the pain you feel and felt. It is so difficult. It is complicated grief. I can relate to some of the things you said. It hurts and it always will hurt. I am learning to forgive and the more I really in my heart do forgive, the lighter this part of the burden gets. Just because we love with all our hearts does unfortunately not guarantee the same love in return.....'the best you knew how'...some people have never experienced caring, supporting love (whether it is a mother's or a lover's)  and thus have no concept of it...oh, well what do I know...??
many hugs to you.
Por que tu fuego a?n me quema, sin ti las noches son eternas,
tu aroma sigue aqu?, no me deja ir.. Por m?s que intente y quiera olvidarte, yo nunca lograre dejarte, cautivo de este amor sincero esclavo de tu voz.. Por que estoy am?ndote, so??ndose, aunque no est?s aqu?..
Y yo te esperare, amor aunque los a?os lleguen sin querer (Marc Anthony)


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Re: letters to the deceased
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 03:13:56 PM »
I love your drive and sense of expectation. You had the right notion of what it is to be married. Writing out this letter was also an excellent step from a therapeutic perspective. You needed that hurt pushed out of your heart and you did it the right way.

I had to do my own therapy for being widowed, C-PTSD and Major Depression so I learned a lot about psychiatry, psychology and related fields. I've had a successful recovery and hopefully I can help others. That's why I can speak on a therapeutic perspective so casually.

I sincerely hope that the next one appreciates and honors you as you rightly deserve. That is, assuming you go and get a next one. I personally can't stand being alone but can't find a good woman to save my life. I've been looking in the wrong places.

I also wrote several letters to my late wife. Each time I dealt with a different but deeply intense emotion that was crippling me in life. By the time I found out that she had cheated on me with my brother, I was already so accustomed to coping with distress that it barely phased me. In fact, due to the level of anguish of being suddenly widowed as I was after 7 years of being with her, I am able to quickly adapt to any level of discomfort or offense at a rate that leaves other people uncomfortable.

If you have any questions, please do use my email (I'm not sure how to do this yet, I just know about the check box when signing up).