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John W. James

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You don't have to shed tears to prove that you're sad. (Published 5/6/2014)


My husband died eight months ago. I feel guilty because in the last five months of his life he was on life support. I feel that I let him down by not removing him from the machines that he never wanted to be on, but he had no living will and his mom was totally against letting him go. I feel like he blames me as much as I blame myself. We were married 16 yrs and after he died, all I could think was that at least he wasn't suffering any longer. I didn't really cry and I think something’s wrong because he was my soul mate and I miss him everyday. Please let me know if what I feel is normal. I also want you to know that he was a fighter. He had 3 kidney transplants and was in and out of the hospital all his life; never did he let it get him down! He was always happy. I really miss my best friend and husband.

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