Why “Joy Returns”?

Why title a blog about my adventures since Joe’s passing JoyReturns

While searching “widow’s website” on Google, I found websites were 3-D – dark, dreary and depressing. One site owner admitted to designing the site with a dark look because the light had gone out of her life.

I was in extreme mental anguish when Joe passed and knew widows were too, so how was a “woe is me” site going to help widows get through grief and rebuild a new life?

Also widows on these sites were telling all the details of their spouses passing and if I had printed their story, I would have ended up with a book thicker than Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. YUCK!  I do not have time to read their TMI stories either online or on paper nor do I want to know all the details of someone’s passing.

 I wanted to know how to recover from grief and move forward with life – and so do other people.

Support Group’s Role

My church runs Church Initiative’s Griefshare program which I attended after Joe died and now co-facilitate.  The program’s tagline is “From Mourning to Joy”.  It is because of that tagline and the 3D websites that I decided to incorporate joy into my blog’s title. 

When people visit  I want them to see a cheery, optimistic site that lets them know joy does return to the lives of those who are grieving, but you need to decide you want joy to return (there are people who prefer to stay stuck in grief) and you have to work at it.

Joy returned to my life and it will to yours or your loved one’s too. Just like the crocus’ pushing through the winter-hardened ground. You too will push through grief and experience joy once again.

For his anger lasts only a moment,

    but his favor lasts a lifetime!

Weeping may last through the night,

    but joy comes with the morning.

Psalm 30:5
New Living Translation (NLT)

Author’s Note: I quit co-facilitating my church’s GriefShare program in January 2015 due to a conflict with my call center work schedule. I now work from home for a different call center company but my schedule (8-5) can change with only a 2-week notice. So I am not comfortable volunteering my time when I may have to leave again.