My husband died suddenly January 5, 2018 while on a business trip. He simply went to sleep and just didn’t wake up. Total devastation doesn’t even come close to describing how his death impacted me. At times, I could not find the strength to breathe. I felt lost, hurt, sad, lonely and afraid. But, during the entire time immediately after his death, while planning his memorial service and trying to figure out my next steps, I knew deep in my heart that he was with me. I felt his presence, I could hear his voice giving me advice or just telling what to do exactly at the times whatever was to be done, would get done. There were sooo many positive signs that I could not ignore.
The most significant sign was when I made a decision to move forward with the house we were going to build in January. I was so unsure of the move and if it was the right time or even the right thing to do. The night before I was to meet with the builder, I came across a very old song by Stevie Wonder called “I never dreamed you would leave in Summer”. The song was out in the 70s and I had NEVER heard of it before. But that night, I somehow came across it and I played it over and over because I loved the words.
The next day while meeting with the builder, they were playing music from a pandora station. Before I signed the paper I said “James, I wish you would give me a sign that this is the right thing to do. I’m not sure”. Immediately after I said those words, the Stevie Wonder song of “I never dreamed you would leave in summer” played. I lost my breath for a moment, then I cried like a baby for awhile because he let me know that he was right there with me and that I was making the right decision.
Last Sunday/Monday, I dreamt that I was walking and talking to a friend. When I finally took a look at the friend, I realized that it was my James, but a MUCH younger and handsome James. He was so very happy which made me happy.
We both ended up in seperate blue cars, riding down the highway. He was to the right of me and we both were talking to each other through the windows, laughing and having a really good time.
We came to a fork in the road and while he was bearing to the right, he looked at me and said “I have to go now, but you are going to be ok”. He waved to me with a baseball in his hand, smiled and continued on his journey.
I smiled at him, waved good-bye, but was not sad. I looked at the road ahead of me and was excited because in my spirit, I knew that there would be happiness ahead of me.
I’m determined to live a life of happiness, joy and peace. I thank God for the time I had with James and the memories we built together. I know that he is happy and I know he wants me to be happy. I now live in the house we would have built together, I am taking the dance classes that we were going to take together, I am planning to travel to Egypt this summer as we had planned to do and all the while, knowing that he is right here with me, protecting me, guiding me while helping mend the broken pieces of my heart.