“At approximately 2:oo p.m. on November 2, 1993, my husband took his own life.” Barb Pekich puts words to a hurt that few of us have known.
Barb courageously shares her experience as a widow by highlighting the stages of grief that she navigated. Her initial response was one of guilt, pondering what she could have done differently to prevent tragedy to her family. She then entered a stage of sadness punctuated by strong flashes of anger. In her anger, Barb sought therapeutic release, be it swearing at her husband as she visited his grave or hurling dishes against the wall of her garage.
Each stage of the grieving process helped Barb move from rejecting her situation to accepting the truth, “I am a single parent; still my family is surrounded by love.”
How will you show support in the midst of a loved one’s grief?