For a long time after you bury your husband, you newly widowed, will be what I call, numb and dumb. But, I am here to tell you, you will get through. Here are 8 things you need to remember not to forget:
1. Don’t forget to remember to write things down and check them off after you have completed each task. Carry a pen and notebook everywhere you go. Your thoughts will be jumbled at this time worrying did you write a thank-you note to your next-door neighbor, a check to the funeral parlor, or wonder if you made a bank deposit. Make that notebook your safe place to stash all cares and woes, and everything important as you go about your new daily life, without Him. From grocery list to list of appointments, and scribbling deep dark secrets on lined paper, maintaining information in one secure location will help you maintain focus, and distract you from thinking sad thoughts. One more thing, don’t forget to remember to date each page.
2. Don’t forget to remember to take care of you. Brush your teeth, wash your face, comb your hair, and while you are at it, paint your lips rosy red. I know it sounds easy, but for you, newly widowed, life is a challenge, temporarily, of course.
3. Don’t forget to remember to pay the utility bill, the rent/mortgage. These are important bills that must not be left to sit in limbo while you process your grief. If there is a financial problem, make contact with the utility company, the lender, the landlord. Work to resolve the situation best you can, soon as practical.
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