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Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 12, 2022 08:28PM
This is hard to write, and I debated about posting, but this is my virtual extended family, or that’s how it feels.
Today was a very tough day. My husband of almost 32 years died.
There was no notice or warning. We think he had a heart attack or his heart just stopped while he was sleeping.
It was a surreal day and I haven’t fully processed it all, but our daughter was able to get a quick flight home and is here with me now.
My husband had atrial fibrillation but it seemed to be under control. He had had it for many years and it was well monitored. He had other medical problems through the years, but he exhibited no obvious symptoms that anything was out of the ordinary recently.
He had gotten up before me this morning, as he usually did, and come downstairs to sit in his recliner. That’s where he was when I came down a little before 8am.
I thought he was just asleep, but he was gone.
In the grand scheme of things, there are far worse ways to go, but to say it was a shock to me is an understatement.
I have had good support from my friends and I will get through this, with the help of my daughter, but it is still hard to believe.
MRF has always been supportive and I felt the need to post.
His mother died five years ago yesterday and we were talking about that last night. He was 74, the same age my father was when he died suddenly.





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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: raz
Date: January 12, 2022 08:31PM
I'm so sorry to hear that. Please focus on good memories, and know that we are here for you.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Don C
Date: January 12, 2022 08:36PM
So very sorry to hear this. Heart goes out to you.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: RgrF
Date: January 12, 2022 08:37PM
So sorry Rhonda. Glad you felt comfortable enough to bring us in but this is always a most personal thing. There are really no words!
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Racer X
Date: January 12, 2022 08:38PM
I don't have the words. But remember, you are loved.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: graylocks
Date: January 12, 2022 08:39PM
Oh, rgG, what a shock to your system. I am so sorry to hear this. Holding you and your family in the Light from the south side of town.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 12, 2022 08:40PM
Very sorry to hear. Life has been particularly fragile lately.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: hal
Date: January 12, 2022 08:41PM
I'm so sorry! What a shock... I'm glad that you have a lot of support. Hang in there and you know that we're always here.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Acer
Date: January 12, 2022 08:49PM
Oh my. I am so sorry for your loss.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: January 12, 2022 08:49PM
I am sorry that you lost your husband; please accept my condolences. We are here if you need us cry smiley



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: January 12, 2022 08:50PM
You and your family are in my prayers. God speed to your husband.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: PeterB
Date: January 12, 2022 08:51PM
So sorry to hear this, Rhonda. Know that you DO indeed have an extended family here, please take advantage of all of us for support.




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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 12, 2022 08:52PM
I never know what to say when these things happen. You've been a very positive presence here on the forum and will most likely get through this better than most. My thoughts are with you and your family.




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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: January 12, 2022 08:52PM
Sending virtual hugs rgG...



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: John B.
Date: January 12, 2022 08:58PM
So sorry for your loss.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: freeradical
Date: January 12, 2022 08:58PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband!
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: January 12, 2022 09:03PM
My god rg….I can’t believe it.

For you and your daughter, you are right, this must be surreal. It is an unfortunately novel experience, that distorts the passage of time in an unpleasant way (I had my own sense of this when my dad passed away in 2019). And to add to this confusion and frustration as to how this could happen when y’all were doing everything from a monitoring point of view (yet I know it happens like this all too commonly).

May his memory be eternal, peace be to you and your daughter.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: January 12, 2022 09:08PM
My sincere condolences, Rhonda. What a terrible shock for you and your family.

My thoughts are with you.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 12, 2022 09:15PM
omg, we were just talking about him. omg. I'm so sorry. I feel terrible on top of terrible. I love you so much.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: davester
Date: January 12, 2022 09:20PM
Dear Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear this. You have my deepest sympathy. Yes, this is your virtual family, and I feel that one of my family members has just been deeply hurt. Be comforted in knowing that there are so many people out here in both the virtual and real world pulling for you and sharing very real feelings with you.

Take care, Dave



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: bfd
Date: January 12, 2022 09:23PM
Oh no. 32 years. Words can't express the feeling right now. Such a great loss for you and your family. Good to hear you will not have to go through this all alone. May all the happy memories help to keep you grounded in the days ahead. It is going to take time just to process the shock. This is so sad.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: PizzaGod
Date: January 12, 2022 09:26PM
How sad to hear. My condolences to you.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: wave rider
Date: January 12, 2022 09:31PM
I am so sorry rgG…



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: lost in space
Date: January 12, 2022 09:35PM
Thinking of you and your family.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Diana
Date: January 12, 2022 09:36PM
So sorry. cry smiley

We are here for you.

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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 12, 2022 09:37PM
I truly wish there was something I could say or do to lessen the shock and pain.

Know that because you are our friend, we share some small degree of what you're feeling and deeply wish there were something beyond words to help you, and to what extent we can, we are here if you need us.

My most sincere condolences, Rhonda.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 12, 2022 09:50PM
There are times for words and times to just reach out and offer a hug.

Just know that there is a long line of souls standing with me, and all of our arms are open to you.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Buzz
Date: January 12, 2022 09:51PM
Wow. So sorry for the sudden loss of your main man. Glad it was peaceful, and that you have family with you now.
May peace be with you.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Dennis R
Date: January 12, 2022 09:57PM
I am so very sorry to hear this. Condolences and prayers to all affected by his loss.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: January 12, 2022 09:59PM
Hugs from all of us.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 12, 2022 10:04PM
Thank you all.
Your kind words mean a lot to me, they really do.





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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 12, 2022 10:05PM
I just jumped onto the forum before heading to bed and saw this and an involuntary "Oh my God" came out of my mouth.

I'm at a loss for words, but I'll start with I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad you felt you could share your grief with us. We'll help you through it if only as virtual shoulders to lean on.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: January 12, 2022 10:06PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Hold him forever in your heart.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: wave rider
Date: January 12, 2022 10:13PM
Quote
rgG
Thank you all.
Your kind words mean a lot to me, they really do.

At the risk of being presumptuous in speaking for everyone, you mean a lot to us.

You really do…



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 12, 2022 10:17PM
Oh, @#$%&, Rhonda!

Great big virtual hug to you and your whole family!



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: January 12, 2022 10:19PM
So very sorry to hear this.

May good memories help carry you through these hard times.

Everyone has their own way of grieving, and yours is the right one for you.

Let us know if there's anything we, or I, can do to help.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Cary
Date: January 12, 2022 10:24PM
Very sorry for your loss...
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 12, 2022 10:25PM
Your loss is truly felt here.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: January 12, 2022 10:38PM
So sorry to hear this. Sending good thoughts to you and your daughter.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: January 12, 2022 11:08PM
I’m so sad to hear this.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: JoeM
Date: January 12, 2022 11:16PM
I’m so sorry to hear this rgG. I can’t imagine your loss and you have my deepest sympathy and condolences.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 12, 2022 11:22PM
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Just know that we're here anytime you need to talk. Positive thoughts coming your way.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Rolando
Date: January 12, 2022 11:27PM
At a loss for words.

I am truly sorry for your loss.

Thank you for your bravery in letting us in. I hope the words all of us can do a tiny bit to ease your sorrow.

As above, you are valued.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: AllGold
Date: January 12, 2022 11:31PM
I am SO sorry.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: January 12, 2022 11:41PM
I am so so so sorry.

Great bug virtual hugs going your way and it's good to hear your daughter is there when you need each other.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 12, 2022 11:41PM
Rhonda, I’m so very sorry.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 12, 2022 11:47PM
So very sorry to hear this, Rhonda. Words cannot cover it, not at all; but all the thoughts of support I have are with you.



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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Z
Date: January 12, 2022 11:50PM
rgG - my sincere condolences. Love and warm thoughts headed down to you and your family from AK.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: Gilbert
Date: January 12, 2022 11:55PM
I am saddened to read of your husband’s sudden passing. My you and your family be blessed with comfort and peace at this time.
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Re: Because you are my virtual family, I wanted to post my personal loss
Posted by: testcase
Date: January 13, 2022 12:00AM
Condolences on your loss. sad smiley


I'm glad your daughter was able to get home quickly so you won't be alone.
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