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April 23, 2021


Ellen D. Bailey

Karla, I don't think there is a deadline on grief or a definition of how each of us should express it. Everything you have described is exactly how you should be grieving and you are entitled to still greatly miss Ryan. It certainly seems to me that having a memorial service for him at this time is the right thing to do. Perhaps last year with the pandemic at its peak wasn't the best time to memorialize him, with folks more focused on the virus and "masking up." Now seems perfect with things easing a bit and people getting their vaccines.

Your pour paint get together sounds like a lot of fun, and the art you have been working on is wonderful! The best to you, and grab those moments of peace!

Sharon Morrison

It sounds to me you are right on track with your grief feelings. The first year was the hardest. The second year I isolated except for a few close friends. It will be 3 years this Sunday when Tiffany passed away. I've cried off and on for the last 2 months.
Just wanted you to know how this goes. It's ugly, choking, and permanent, but still better then the first year. I will spend Sunday with my two daughters reminiscing and dividing up all of my pictures of our family. Everything changed when Dick died. Life never has gone back to the safe and secure feeling I had.
Thinking of you and encouraging you to mourn anyway you want. There is no time limit. Big hug


Thank you for sharing all the things you have been going through. I'm so glad you have so many wonderful memories with Ryan to remember, and I love hearing about all the things you did together.Sending love and hugs.


Grief doesn't adhere to a timeline. The first year is a bear -- every holiday or special occasion is different than the years before because someone is missing. That doesn't mean the second year is magically jolly. But you have been through those moments and you know you can get through them. Missing and loving and remembering is how we keep someone alive. Sharing their memory with others as you do here. And sometimes you will cry. You will have grief bursts for years to come. But they will be fewer and further between. I love the idea of having the memorial now. In fact, even without pandemic, I'm a fan of having a delayed memorial. But whatever you do, I know it will be right for you -- and will be right for Ryan's memory, too. Biggest hugs.

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About Karla Nathan

Creating Art Journals

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