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Charlotte Maluski

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Charlotte Maluski

I am a woman who is&nbsp;65+ years old and&nbsp;I live in Texas.&nbsp;&nbsp;After more than 50 years of marriage I became a widow in March 2008.&nbsp; (I guess that kind of tells you how many years&nbsp;to add to the 65.)&nbsp; I had six children -- 5 boys and a girl (yes, she was the last one!)&nbsp; I also have 14 grandchildren and one great granddaughter who will be 2 in June.&nbsp; By the way, my daughter is the mother of 4 girls.&nbsp; My family is&nbsp;very close and we all live fairly near by.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;I enjoy life -- I believe that humor and faith go a long way when things get tough.&nbsp; I love to travel.&nbsp; My favorite TV show is &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;&nbsp; -- I travel the world vicariously. &nbsp;I'm intrigued by history.&nbsp;&nbsp;Love music and reading.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I have been an Interior Designer and Space Planner.&nbsp; But, a bit more than 24 years ago , my husband (a structural engineer ) and I were co-founders of&nbsp;the Samaritan Ministry.&nbsp; It was begun after the death of our 21 year old son in a car wreck.&nbsp;&nbsp;It is a ministry that trains&nbsp;volunteers&nbsp;to be &quot;good neighbors&quot; to others&nbsp;who are experiencing serious illness or&nbsp;being elderly and homebound.&nbsp; Also the volunteers provide knowledge and support at the time of a death, as well as&nbsp;comfort and continued support to the bereaved following the death.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I am a certified bereavement&nbsp;specialist and have experienced being a caregiver over the year my husband was dying of cancer.&nbsp;&nbsp;I am always open to&nbsp;discussing emotions and problems with&nbsp;others who are experiencing illness and grief.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> There are&nbsp;problems with adapting to widowhood after&nbsp;52 years of a very good marriage.&nbsp; We lived through for better or for worse;&nbsp;for richer or for poorer;&nbsp;in sickness and in health and both agreed at the end&nbsp; that it was a wonderful marriage.&nbsp;&nbsp;As I said&nbsp;before -- I enjoy life so I write not only on grief and illness, but on travel, history, space planning and history.<br /> <br /> Have a great day and enjoy life!<br /> Charlotte<br />

Stories by Charlotte Maluski

You have finally found the time to go and visit your out of state relatives for ten days. When you announce it at dinner that...
When we have friends or family who have lost a loved one we often experience a feeling of helplessness—not knowing what to say or do, and...