People are so clueless....

bingles
bingles Member Posts: 120
edited March 2014 in Grief and Bereavement #1
Well I was at work last night....and during a nanu second of down time one of the other nurses I work with start this dialoque with me about Bill....where it came from I had no idea....thinking it started because we were talking about cooking and I said I really don't cook...I prefer not too and eat out most days.
Anyway the conversation slid right into Bill's illness and his eventual death....I tried to take the high road and keep it as light as possible....and than came the BIG burning question on her small little mind...she suddenly concluded that I now live alone and asks me...."doesn't it get lonely..living alone?"
I wanted to slip into sarcastic mode and fire back something not so nice...I had a million of them at the ready..again I took the high road....closed the conversation and moved on...
why are people so clueless?
Pat
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  • Noellesmom
    Noellesmom Member Posts: 1,859 Member
    how old was this person?
    I'm thinking (and hoping) she had to be a child - about 12 or so - to ask such a question. I didn't know they even gave people that young a nursing degree...

    Pat, I know lonely is not even the right word for what you and others feel after losing your spouse. I hope we never come up with the word because it would be too sad to say it aloud.

    Many hugs to you and hopes that your co-worker matures without ever knowing the pain of "lonely".
  • david54
    david54 Member Posts: 164
    Wow-I hear you Pat - “No,
    Wow-I hear you Pat - “No, I’m not lonely. Brad Pitt and Colin Farrell have been waiting for me to call them and you just reminded me to do that.”

    Or (political leanings not withstanding) “Are you sure you aren’t Sara Palin moonlighting in disguise?”

    Or in my case its “Nah, I’m not lonely. Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta Jones are tired of their marriages and are knocking on my door.” Geesh!

    I am convinced people don’t know what else to say and out comes an idiotic statement –or they were dropped on their heads as infants.
  • Pennymac02
    Pennymac02 Member Posts: 332 Member
    Ugh
    My favorite response to idiotic questions:
    "Why would you ask a question like that?"

    Their inevitable response is stammer, stutter, mumble....Kind of gives them the HINT that they are insensitive clods.
  • grandmafay
    grandmafay Member Posts: 1,633
    Have a Million
    Oh, Pat, I think we all have a million of those. I know people said dumb things before, but I can't help but think people just keep finding even stupider things to say. Some people occasionally realize that they have said something dumb. Others just seem to float through life without a clue. What are you gonna do? I guess we just have to try to find our sense of humor. Good job, David. I think I related the story before about a friend who lost his wife being asked at the funeral what he was going to do with his 8 year old daughter. In relaying the story he said the only reply he could think of at the time was that he didn't know he had options. Sell her to the gypsies? Give her away? Send her back? In the end his response was a stunned silence. I actually had a elderly friend of Doug's call me the day after Doug died and without identifying himself simply asked, "Did Doug die?" After I told him yes he proceeded to tell me that someone had called him but he wanted to make sure that person was telling the truth. So, age doesn't necessarily cure stupid. Fay
  • david54
    david54 Member Posts: 164

    Have a Million
    Oh, Pat, I think we all have a million of those. I know people said dumb things before, but I can't help but think people just keep finding even stupider things to say. Some people occasionally realize that they have said something dumb. Others just seem to float through life without a clue. What are you gonna do? I guess we just have to try to find our sense of humor. Good job, David. I think I related the story before about a friend who lost his wife being asked at the funeral what he was going to do with his 8 year old daughter. In relaying the story he said the only reply he could think of at the time was that he didn't know he had options. Sell her to the gypsies? Give her away? Send her back? In the end his response was a stunned silence. I actually had a elderly friend of Doug's call me the day after Doug died and without identifying himself simply asked, "Did Doug die?" After I told him yes he proceeded to tell me that someone had called him but he wanted to make sure that person was telling the truth. So, age doesn't necessarily cure stupid. Fay

    OMG Fay - that takes the
    OMG Fay - that takes the cake!

    "No he really didn't die. We made the whole thing up for an early April Fools joke!"

    "What will I do with my daughter now? Well, she has been acting strange lately. Come to mention it, we are have an exorcism at our house tonight and you’re invited!"
  • Beckymarie
    Beckymarie Member Posts: 357
    clueless
    Boy, do I know what you mean. Not only did my husband pass away 3 months ago, but my two children are moving into their own places which I encouraged and support. It surprises me when people tell me how lonely I will be. Even when I try to be positive about my soon to be empty house, they continue to tell me how lonely it will be and why. What is wrong with people?
  • Caregiver1963
    Caregiver1963 Member Posts: 46

    clueless
    Boy, do I know what you mean. Not only did my husband pass away 3 months ago, but my two children are moving into their own places which I encouraged and support. It surprises me when people tell me how lonely I will be. Even when I try to be positive about my soon to be empty house, they continue to tell me how lonely it will be and why. What is wrong with people?

    Sometimes people think they need to say something
    I think often people think they need to say something and that is where the trouble starts. I actually had someone say to me recently- " well you life must be better as you have less work now that you don't need to take care of your husband anymore" Those people who say " I don't know what to say" or "nothing I can say will make you feel better" are more comforting I think
    Mary
  • bingles
    bingles Member Posts: 120

    Sometimes people think they need to say something
    I think often people think they need to say something and that is where the trouble starts. I actually had someone say to me recently- " well you life must be better as you have less work now that you don't need to take care of your husband anymore" Those people who say " I don't know what to say" or "nothing I can say will make you feel better" are more comforting I think
    Mary

    thanks so much...
    You all had me actually laughing here and thats not generally something I do while on this site....people are just stupid.
    Went to my berevement group today and one of the ladies sort of had the same stupid happen to her....some idiot told her that she should make sure the next man she hooks up with is healthy...and after been though this death thing she should be able to pick someone without medical issues....I asked her if she left the lady in an upright position....
    Keep reminding myself...its a process...
    Gotta scoot...need to shower and gussy up...Brad is due at 10 ( wink)....
    Pat
  • Hatshepsut
    Hatshepsut Member Posts: 336 Member
    "He would want you to be happy."
    I, too, think a lot of people just don't know what to say. I know I was that way before I lost my husband. (No, I didn't say some of the outrageous things some of you have quoted, but I did have trouble finding the right words.)

    I've pretty much isolated myself since my husband died four months ago, so I have not had a lot of conversations about his death. Rather than dissolve into tears, I figure I can better control my emotions if I keep to myself. (As I've posted on another thread here, I did finally attend a bereavement support group for the first time last week. I cried throughout the session and it was all I could do not to bolt out of the room. In the wake of that group session, I have had a hard and really emotional week.)

    But on this topic... The remark that I've encountered (in a couple of telephone conversations) that sets me back is: "He would want you to be happy." I know the people who've said this to me are well-meaning people, but how am I supposed to respond? I can't control my grief. While I know that my husband would want me to be happy, I can't bear (on top of everything else I'm feeling) to think that I'm letting him down by not being stronger and "moving on."

    Hatshepsut
  • Beckymarie
    Beckymarie Member Posts: 357

    "He would want you to be happy."
    I, too, think a lot of people just don't know what to say. I know I was that way before I lost my husband. (No, I didn't say some of the outrageous things some of you have quoted, but I did have trouble finding the right words.)

    I've pretty much isolated myself since my husband died four months ago, so I have not had a lot of conversations about his death. Rather than dissolve into tears, I figure I can better control my emotions if I keep to myself. (As I've posted on another thread here, I did finally attend a bereavement support group for the first time last week. I cried throughout the session and it was all I could do not to bolt out of the room. In the wake of that group session, I have had a hard and really emotional week.)

    But on this topic... The remark that I've encountered (in a couple of telephone conversations) that sets me back is: "He would want you to be happy." I know the people who've said this to me are well-meaning people, but how am I supposed to respond? I can't control my grief. While I know that my husband would want me to be happy, I can't bear (on top of everything else I'm feeling) to think that I'm letting him down by not being stronger and "moving on."

    Hatshepsut

    Hatshepsut,
    I just lost my

    Hatshepsut,
    I just lost my husband in June and the sadness and loneliness is overwhelming at times. When I was going to counseling before Terry died, my counselor told me of a patient she had who was terminal. He told her once that he had the easy part, all he had to do was die. It was everyone else who was left with the hard part. I am not sure I totally agree with that. Terry's death was not easy, especially the last 3 months. But I do wonder sometimes how he would have handled things had I been the one to pass and he was here. I loved him and would never want him to feel this consuming sadness. Waking up everyday struggling through the day, going to bed lying awake all night thinking, remembering, worrying. If he could talk to me I know he would tell me to pull it together, stop spending so much time at the cemetary, and start living again. He was always one to take what life hands you, deal with it the best you can and move on. Really, what choice do we have. I know some day things will better but I will always have him in my heart.
    You are in my thoughts, this is all so new and everything is so ray still.
  • Noellesmom
    Noellesmom Member Posts: 1,859 Member

    clueless
    Boy, do I know what you mean. Not only did my husband pass away 3 months ago, but my two children are moving into their own places which I encouraged and support. It surprises me when people tell me how lonely I will be. Even when I try to be positive about my soon to be empty house, they continue to tell me how lonely it will be and why. What is wrong with people?

    lonely
    I, for one, think you should be proud your children are moving on and moving out - it means you and your husband were successful in your goals for them.

    Now, being the boomerang generation, they may be back, but at least they are trying!

    Yes, you will be lonely. Life goes on, doesn't it?

    I'll just bet you already knew that ;)
  • Noellesmom
    Noellesmom Member Posts: 1,859 Member

    "He would want you to be happy."
    I, too, think a lot of people just don't know what to say. I know I was that way before I lost my husband. (No, I didn't say some of the outrageous things some of you have quoted, but I did have trouble finding the right words.)

    I've pretty much isolated myself since my husband died four months ago, so I have not had a lot of conversations about his death. Rather than dissolve into tears, I figure I can better control my emotions if I keep to myself. (As I've posted on another thread here, I did finally attend a bereavement support group for the first time last week. I cried throughout the session and it was all I could do not to bolt out of the room. In the wake of that group session, I have had a hard and really emotional week.)

    But on this topic... The remark that I've encountered (in a couple of telephone conversations) that sets me back is: "He would want you to be happy." I know the people who've said this to me are well-meaning people, but how am I supposed to respond? I can't control my grief. While I know that my husband would want me to be happy, I can't bear (on top of everything else I'm feeling) to think that I'm letting him down by not being stronger and "moving on."

    Hatshepsut

    counseling
    Hatshepsut,

    I know you are saying the group session did not work for you and I understand that. I think I've told you before I am personally a very private person.

    It concerns me that you feel you have isolated yourself for the past few months. There is certainly not one right way to grieve, and no limit on the time one can give to grieving, but I wonder if you should consider talking to a counselor in a one-on-one session just to get assurance you are moving forward with your grief - sometimes we can use a nudge to get us moving forward. Even talking with your minister, if he is good with the subject of bereavement, can be all it takes.

    Grieve, please, but make sure it is a healing grief. There is definitely another kind.
  • bingles
    bingles Member Posts: 120

    counseling
    Hatshepsut,

    I know you are saying the group session did not work for you and I understand that. I think I've told you before I am personally a very private person.

    It concerns me that you feel you have isolated yourself for the past few months. There is certainly not one right way to grieve, and no limit on the time one can give to grieving, but I wonder if you should consider talking to a counselor in a one-on-one session just to get assurance you are moving forward with your grief - sometimes we can use a nudge to get us moving forward. Even talking with your minister, if he is good with the subject of bereavement, can be all it takes.

    Grieve, please, but make sure it is a healing grief. There is definitely another kind.

    The grief issue
    It was just yesterday that my berevement counselor told the group that the middle of the road needs to be found in the grieving process..one extreme is to stay hunkered down in the grief until it reneders you non-functional..the other extreme is to keep it at bay by not acknowledging the grief..running from it..sort of.
    Neither is healthy...middle of the road being...you acknowledge the grief...get comfortable with it...see it as healthy and move on.
    We cannot out run it...its part of our DNA now....personally speaking...each day for me is a challenge....I cry when I am alone...I sit quietly with my memories...but I function...out and about...working 4 or 5 days a week in the health care field...I keep my home up and take care of my self....but it is still a challenge...when the tears come out of no where I just stop and embrace them....each time it gets shorter.
    I doubt that any of our husbands would have wanted us to have the rest of our lives dictated by their deaths...but rather have the rest of our lives be tolerable and productive because they gave us strenght and love.
    My heart and prayers are with each and everyone of you gals...we didn't choose this..but its all ours now.
    Pat
  • 3Mana
    3Mana Member Posts: 811

    counseling
    Hatshepsut,

    I know you are saying the group session did not work for you and I understand that. I think I've told you before I am personally a very private person.

    It concerns me that you feel you have isolated yourself for the past few months. There is certainly not one right way to grieve, and no limit on the time one can give to grieving, but I wonder if you should consider talking to a counselor in a one-on-one session just to get assurance you are moving forward with your grief - sometimes we can use a nudge to get us moving forward. Even talking with your minister, if he is good with the subject of bereavement, can be all it takes.

    Grieve, please, but make sure it is a healing grief. There is definitely another kind.

    Counseling is great!
    I totally agree that we all grieve different ways & some seem to get over the death of their spouse easy. I myself, did not do anything, but cry, lay on the couch, stay in the house & stop eating. People said, get out and start doing things but I wasn't ready. And my counselor said "don't let anyone force you into doing something if you aren't ready>" But it's been six months on the 25th and I have finally started doing things. It's so hard for people to say things that are senseless, cause they've never been through losing a spouse. So guess we just have to take our time and do things at our own pace. Glad you agree with counseling. I had asked mine about going to a bereavement group and she said sometimes that can make you feel more depressed. And I think one on one, like you said is better too. This site is so helpful talking to people who understand & has helped me deal with my loss alot. Thanks!!
    "Carole"
  • Beckymarie
    Beckymarie Member Posts: 357

    lonely
    I, for one, think you should be proud your children are moving on and moving out - it means you and your husband were successful in your goals for them.

    Now, being the boomerang generation, they may be back, but at least they are trying!

    Yes, you will be lonely. Life goes on, doesn't it?

    I'll just bet you already knew that ;)

    Noellesmom,
    I am ver proud

    Noellesmom,
    I am ver proud of my children for many reasons. Moving out into your own place is another step of growth and maturity. I am bracing myself for the loneliness but will keep plugging along. We have no choice, we all have to put one foot in front of the other and move forward.
    You are all in my thoughts.
  • Beckymarie
    Beckymarie Member Posts: 357

    lonely
    I, for one, think you should be proud your children are moving on and moving out - it means you and your husband were successful in your goals for them.

    Now, being the boomerang generation, they may be back, but at least they are trying!

    Yes, you will be lonely. Life goes on, doesn't it?

    I'll just bet you already knew that ;)

    Noellesmom,
    I am ver proud

    Noellesmom,
    I am ver proud of my children for many reasons. Moving out into your own place is another step of growth and maturity. I am bracing myself for the loneliness but will keep plugging along. We have no choice, we all have to put one foot in front of the other and move forward.
    You are all in my thoughts.
  • Hatshepsut
    Hatshepsut Member Posts: 336 Member

    "He would want you to be happy."
    I, too, think a lot of people just don't know what to say. I know I was that way before I lost my husband. (No, I didn't say some of the outrageous things some of you have quoted, but I did have trouble finding the right words.)

    I've pretty much isolated myself since my husband died four months ago, so I have not had a lot of conversations about his death. Rather than dissolve into tears, I figure I can better control my emotions if I keep to myself. (As I've posted on another thread here, I did finally attend a bereavement support group for the first time last week. I cried throughout the session and it was all I could do not to bolt out of the room. In the wake of that group session, I have had a hard and really emotional week.)

    But on this topic... The remark that I've encountered (in a couple of telephone conversations) that sets me back is: "He would want you to be happy." I know the people who've said this to me are well-meaning people, but how am I supposed to respond? I can't control my grief. While I know that my husband would want me to be happy, I can't bear (on top of everything else I'm feeling) to think that I'm letting him down by not being stronger and "moving on."

    Hatshepsut

    New Normals...
    Thank you for your replies.

    As we all attempt to decipher the outlines of our "new normals," it is difficult, I think, to know what is a normal response to such overwhelming grief.At least, it is difficult for me. It appears from your posts that the definition of "normal" is different for each of us.

    In my case, I face my new reality with the tools I have developed over decades of living and coping with shyness and a sense that I alone need to deal with my own problems. Although I had a long and successful professional life with interaction with hundreds of people in a given year (I was a high school history teacher), my husband was the one person in my life that I let get truly close to me. With him gone, there is an enormous void in my life. I retired a few months before my husband was diagnosed with cancer, so I don't have a job to fill up the empty hours. And, because my retirement was filled with caring for my husband, I never really learned how to deal with being retired. As a consequence, I now find myself trying to learn how to be alone and how to be retired at the same time.

    I apologize if I gave the impression that I have become pathologically reclusive. I admit that there was a time at the beginning when I pretty much locked my doors and wept. Now, while my house is not large, it is a complicated house with pets and gadgets and gardens and a lot of projects to catch up with after four years of dealing with my husband's awful disease as his sole caregiver. I find that I deal pretty well with the cleaning ladies and the handyman and other people whose services I need. Situations that require me to deal with closer acquaintances and discuss my husband's death and my grief are the types of situations I find myself avoiding. To borrow an expression one of you used, I guess that means I'm not "embracing the grief" as a part of my healing. I hope I get to that point soon but I'm not there yet. Perhaps the bereavement support group will be an avenue for me to follow in that direction. I appreciate knowing that my tears at my first session did not represent a totally unique response to the loss of a loved one. I will try to handle myself more calmly at this week's session.

    Sorry to go on and on about this, but I do appreciate the opportunity to "talk" about my particular grief situation in this safe and supportive environment. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my posts. I'm sorry that you have lost your loved ones but I'm appreciative of the fact that we can learn how to deal with our grief together.

    Today marks the fourth month of my husband's death. In the great scheme of things, I realize that I'm in the early stages of my journey.

    Hatshepsut
  • junklady
    junklady Member Posts: 88

    New Normals...
    Thank you for your replies.

    As we all attempt to decipher the outlines of our "new normals," it is difficult, I think, to know what is a normal response to such overwhelming grief.At least, it is difficult for me. It appears from your posts that the definition of "normal" is different for each of us.

    In my case, I face my new reality with the tools I have developed over decades of living and coping with shyness and a sense that I alone need to deal with my own problems. Although I had a long and successful professional life with interaction with hundreds of people in a given year (I was a high school history teacher), my husband was the one person in my life that I let get truly close to me. With him gone, there is an enormous void in my life. I retired a few months before my husband was diagnosed with cancer, so I don't have a job to fill up the empty hours. And, because my retirement was filled with caring for my husband, I never really learned how to deal with being retired. As a consequence, I now find myself trying to learn how to be alone and how to be retired at the same time.

    I apologize if I gave the impression that I have become pathologically reclusive. I admit that there was a time at the beginning when I pretty much locked my doors and wept. Now, while my house is not large, it is a complicated house with pets and gadgets and gardens and a lot of projects to catch up with after four years of dealing with my husband's awful disease as his sole caregiver. I find that I deal pretty well with the cleaning ladies and the handyman and other people whose services I need. Situations that require me to deal with closer acquaintances and discuss my husband's death and my grief are the types of situations I find myself avoiding. To borrow an expression one of you used, I guess that means I'm not "embracing the grief" as a part of my healing. I hope I get to that point soon but I'm not there yet. Perhaps the bereavement support group will be an avenue for me to follow in that direction. I appreciate knowing that my tears at my first session did not represent a totally unique response to the loss of a loved one. I will try to handle myself more calmly at this week's session.

    Sorry to go on and on about this, but I do appreciate the opportunity to "talk" about my particular grief situation in this safe and supportive environment. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my posts. I'm sorry that you have lost your loved ones but I'm appreciative of the fact that we can learn how to deal with our grief together.

    Today marks the fourth month of my husband's death. In the great scheme of things, I realize that I'm in the early stages of my journey.

    Hatshepsut

    Stupid comments, isolation, lonely
    I hear what everyone is saying, I'm there. My love , Dale, passed away on Aug. 29. It's only been two weeks. I'm lonely, can't believe he is gone. I wander around the house, crying, keeping the doors locked, censoring my phone calls. My friends are here for me, but what happened to Dale's so called friends? Not one has left a condolence message on the phone or bothered to send a card. Just makes me wonder. One of his friends called weeks before he passed and proceeded to tell me that I am a strong woman and will get through it, after all his wife had cataract surgery and she was fine. What is the parallel here? Facing death is different. How stupid. I retired after 33 years of teaching in June 2009, Little did I know that my new job would be full time caregiver. I has been a rough journey. Some day I am hoping to do the things I planned on doing in my retirement. The list is long. I can't get motivated to do much these days. I was the type of person always go, go, go. Now nothing. I know it will take time, and I'm going to do this on my own terms. No one is going to tell me how to grieve or what I need to do. They have not been in my shoes. This, to me is the only place to visit, because we all share some common bond, a place to vent, without criticism. The road ahead will be tough, take only one day at a time. Thank you for letting me share.

    Cynthia
  • ruthelizabeth
    ruthelizabeth Member Posts: 138
    junklady said:

    Stupid comments, isolation, lonely
    I hear what everyone is saying, I'm there. My love , Dale, passed away on Aug. 29. It's only been two weeks. I'm lonely, can't believe he is gone. I wander around the house, crying, keeping the doors locked, censoring my phone calls. My friends are here for me, but what happened to Dale's so called friends? Not one has left a condolence message on the phone or bothered to send a card. Just makes me wonder. One of his friends called weeks before he passed and proceeded to tell me that I am a strong woman and will get through it, after all his wife had cataract surgery and she was fine. What is the parallel here? Facing death is different. How stupid. I retired after 33 years of teaching in June 2009, Little did I know that my new job would be full time caregiver. I has been a rough journey. Some day I am hoping to do the things I planned on doing in my retirement. The list is long. I can't get motivated to do much these days. I was the type of person always go, go, go. Now nothing. I know it will take time, and I'm going to do this on my own terms. No one is going to tell me how to grieve or what I need to do. They have not been in my shoes. This, to me is the only place to visit, because we all share some common bond, a place to vent, without criticism. The road ahead will be tough, take only one day at a time. Thank you for letting me share.

    Cynthia

    Five months
    If one more person tells me I look fine or I'm strong, I may smack them.

    From necessity, sort of, I made a sanity list of projects to do around the house, as much to remove reminders of his youngest and to improve the security as anything else. Now I've pretty much finished all those. The house looks nice and is safer. I like it and regret that it doesn't look the same as it did when Don was alive.

    The next big hurdle is actually using the spaces I've set up. I will have to have a lot of discipline so that I don't migrate from the bedroom to the kitchen to the living room chair. I have managed to start a new painting in the sunroom and I've decided to do my exercises in the room where the sewing machine and desk live.

    Don and I always worked. Neither of us were exactly big socializers. I'm welcome at people's houses when I drop by with flowers or muffins, etc. and usually they invite me to stay and chat, but as far as calls or notes or visits in return, let's just say that the house is lonely and silent.

    I expect that one day I may actually invite someone for supper and they may accept.

    I tell people that if you have a huge hole in your life, you can expect to fall in occasionally. They say I'm doing fine and I don't explain that from time to time I wonder why. People tell me that Don would want me to get a nice life going and I agree, but privately sometimes I wonder if he's missing me as much as I'm missing him and wants me to come home to him.

    Ah well.
  • david54
    david54 Member Posts: 164

    Five months
    If one more person tells me I look fine or I'm strong, I may smack them.

    From necessity, sort of, I made a sanity list of projects to do around the house, as much to remove reminders of his youngest and to improve the security as anything else. Now I've pretty much finished all those. The house looks nice and is safer. I like it and regret that it doesn't look the same as it did when Don was alive.

    The next big hurdle is actually using the spaces I've set up. I will have to have a lot of discipline so that I don't migrate from the bedroom to the kitchen to the living room chair. I have managed to start a new painting in the sunroom and I've decided to do my exercises in the room where the sewing machine and desk live.

    Don and I always worked. Neither of us were exactly big socializers. I'm welcome at people's houses when I drop by with flowers or muffins, etc. and usually they invite me to stay and chat, but as far as calls or notes or visits in return, let's just say that the house is lonely and silent.

    I expect that one day I may actually invite someone for supper and they may accept.

    I tell people that if you have a huge hole in your life, you can expect to fall in occasionally. They say I'm doing fine and I don't explain that from time to time I wonder why. People tell me that Don would want me to get a nice life going and I agree, but privately sometimes I wonder if he's missing me as much as I'm missing him and wants me to come home to him.

    Ah well.

    Wow! I relate to so much all
    Wow! I relate to so much all fo you are sharing! I got a call from my company's case manager this morning wanting to talk to my wife. Geesh! When my wife was ill we got all kinds of calls from my employers group insurance, case workers, intake coordinators, my wife rarely spoke to any of them. They usually called from the East coast and we certainly did not know them on a personal level. Well this morning I got a call from a caseworker wanting to speak to my wife and I informed her she died July 29th.

    "She died?"
    "Yes she died."
    "What did she die of?"
    "You don't know? It should be in your records"
    "Let me put you on hold to make sure I can talk with you"
    "Okay David I have here that you wife has given us permission to speak with you."

    And the brainless people live on and on and on and on.