According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of surreal is: “Marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream”
I think “surreal” perfectly sums up the entire experience of becoming a widow/widower. It’s truly hard to believe that this has happened, at least for me. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve asked, “Wait, is he really gone? Is this really happening?” It seems so surreal; it seems impossible. This is not what I planned for my life. When I think back to myself as a teenager or in my early twenties mapping out my life, it didn’t include becoming a widow at 42. This can’t be happening! I think even for people who lose their spouses in their 80s or 90s, this surreal feeling is just as prevalent.
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