My name is Sue ‘Suz’, a widow (since 26Dec2013), a mom, a writer (of sorts!) … I enjoy reading, horse riding, hiking, camping and spending time with family and friends. Essentially, as a Christian, I write from a Christian perspective. Please join me on this journey, if you’ve lost anyone close to you, a family member perhaps, your soul mate, partner, lover, best friend or know someone who has; or if you’re experiencing hardship and struggles in family, marriage or with illness. My hope is that you, dear reader will enjoy reading and gain helpful tips and encouragement from my blog as we together discover more about grief and the grieving process…
I lost my husband Fred ‘George’ after 29 years of marriage, (including a gap year, but that’s another story … ). It was on 26th December 2013 – Boxing Day! Yes, after the festivities of Christmas and the joy of meeting with family … suddenly he was gone, at the age of 56.
I wanted to create this blog as a platform to express my personal grief journey, as I write this 22 months on from the day he died. So why a ‘matter of life and death’ , you may ask? Why write anyway? Anything to gain? What topics are to be included / excluded? Who is my audience?
‘Matter of life and death’ to me depicts the extremes we face – the birth of a baby and the vulnerability of a little one entering into this world. On the other end of the scale, that a loved one can suddenly die and his or her life pass away. How a life can be taken from us and cease to exist is incomprehensible! “Surely that’s not ‘IT’,” I’ve been questioning. THE END? For this reason and many more I value my Christian experience and understanding from God, our Creator’s perspective. Surely there must be more to life than this? There must be a future beyond the grave that is bright and eternal. (Since a little girl I’ve had these thoughts). Eternal Life, life beyond the grave, to my way of thinking is a story worth sharing. To me it is a matter of life and death that I share it. Death is not the end!
I intend to include quotes in my blogs from films watched, books read and songs sung! My hope is that you will find my blog a source of encouragement, hope and inspiration. Which is why I say, ‘My future is so bright I need sunglasses!’ Yes?!
But first a quote from the best selling book of all time, ‘The Bible’. In it we hear about Jesus who died, rose again and says in John 14:3 ‘And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. … ‘
Hopeful I am. Grieving too. Sharing with you, Dear Reader, my personal journey …