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Dealing with Grief in Limbo: When Love Lingers in Silence



Navigating the stormy seas of grief is challenging enough, but when you find yourself in the peculiar limbo of having a loved one on life support, the journey takes on an entirely different complexion. It's a twilight zone of emotions where your loved one is both here and not here, and the heart struggles to comprehend this surreal reality.

I remember the day my dad was put on life support like it was yesterday. The man who was my rock, my confidante, and my cheerleader was suddenly silenced, existing in a space between worlds. He was there, I could touch him, but I couldn't hear his voice or see the light of recognition in his eyes. It felt like being stuck on a rollercoaster that only went through tunnels—endless, dark, and disorienting.

In the midst of this, I had to find a way to be present for my two beautiful kids, who needed their mom to be a beacon of strength and normalcy. But some days, I felt like I was made of lead, unable to move or breathe under the weight of my sorrow and confusion. It was during these times that I leaned heavily on my faith, finding solace in the belief that there was a bigger plan, a greater understanding beyond my pain.

What I've learned through this heart-wrenching experience is that grief, especially in such a complex situation, is not a linear path. It's okay to feel stuck, to have days where you can barely function, and others where you find moments of surprising joy and gratitude. It's a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the complexity of love.

The most important lesson, however, is the power of presence. Being physically present for my dad, holding his hand, and speaking to him even in silence, taught me that love transcends all forms of communication. Being emotionally and mentally present for my children, even when I felt broken, reminded me that love is a force that binds us, heals us, and carries us through the darkest times.

In this strange limbo, I've learned to cherish the silent conversations, the unspoken words filled with love and memories, and the quiet strength that comes from simply being there. It's a reminder that even in the most profound silence, our hearts can speak volumes.

To anyone walking this difficult path, know that you're not alone. Lean on your faith, your loved ones, and the small moments of joy that peek through the clouds. Remember, it's okay to feel the full spectrum of emotions and to find your own rhythm in the dance of grief. Love, in all its forms, will guide you through.


5 Ways To Cope With This Kind of Grief.

  • Embrace the Moments That Make You Smile: Even in the midst of sorrow, it's okay to find pockets of joy. Remember the funny moments and let laughter be a part of your healing.

  • Find Solace in Your Hobby: Indulging in your favorite hobby may give your mind a bit of peace it needs to help you through.

  • Write Your Heart Out: Write a daily journal or blog, sharing your thoughts, fears, and the love you feel. It's a great way to feel connected and to reach others who may be experiencing the same thing.

  • Go Outside: Step outside, let the sun touch your face, and the wind blow through your hair. Nature has a gentle way of reminding us of the world's vast, embracing beauty. So go for a walk or just sit outside and feel God's presence through His creations.

  • Lean on Family/Good Friends: They're the ones who hold us up when we feel like we're falling apart, the ones who listen without judgment and offer comfort without words. The embrace of family and friends, even the darkest nights can be illuminated by their light and compassion.


In the end, grief in limbo teaches us about the depth of our love, the strength of our faith, and the unbreakable bond of family. It's a journey of heartache, but also of profound love and resilience. The memories we shared will always be a place I escape to when need him the most. The place I will go to remember him as the strong and funny man who helped to mold me into who I am today.



Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. In times like these, I have come to find comfort in writing out my thoughts and feelings. I am so grateful for having this space to share it. Thank you so much for keeping this a safe space for me. I pray that whoever reads this finds comfort in my words and wisdom in the lessons I have learned through this journey. Stay busy minding your purpose.


Love, Faith

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Guest
Apr 04

I have been in this situation more than once with family members. Once my father became non verbal, I would just lay my head on his shoulder and hold his hand. Wishing you peace as you navigate this journey. Praying for you and your family.


Mary D


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🙏I remember the days of sitting with my dad on life support. So sorry you are going through this💕

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Carla
Carla
Apr 04

You have my deepest condolences. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to you and your family as you all grieve the loss of your loved one. 🙏🏽

Carla


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Guest
Apr 04

Love it seester! God bless you through this difficult time and know I got your back!! Here any time you need me. I love you 😍 Melissa

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Faith, you are a beautiful expression of your given name. You and your loved ones will be in my prayers. I know God will give you grace and strength to endure, just as your family and friends will get you through this difficult time. Hugs to you all!

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