Be Careful With Your Words

When someone you love leaves this earth, you are shattered and life as you know it will never be the same.

Not sure why this is on my mind and heart tonight, but it is, so I’m writing about it.

Typically when someone passes away, you hear everything good about that person. Regardless of how they lived their life, you begin to hear in what people say about them, things that make them sound like a saint. Well, no one is perfect and no one’s life can measure up to that picture that is painted.

Having said that, there isn’t any good reason to speak poorly about someone who is no longer here. My Jonathan would be the first to tell you, and he did while he was here, that he had flaws. He spoke more openly about them than most, usually to help someone else. So, I have never spoken about him like he was perfect. I have sometimes talked about his struggles and things he went through, when appropriate, to help someone else or to teach something to our kids. But, as his wife and as the mother of those children, it is my place to do that.

This past year, my kids have learned some things about their father that don’t put him in the best light. Some of those things were things that I chose to tell them because I knew it would help them. Other things were told to them, things that I chose for good reason not to tell them; yet. Some of the things were absolutely not true. So, I had to speak to them about all of that. Things that I wasn’t ready to say, things that I maybe never would have said. I also had to clear up the things that were not true.

It is never good to gossip about anyone. We are all guilty of that sometimes, including myself. But to gossip about someone who is no longer here, and then to take it upon yourself to share those things said with his kids is never okay.

No one will ever know what I have had to go through with my two children. Helping them grieve the loss of their father. Helping them live day to day without someone that was such a big part of their every day lives has been more difficult than anyone could know. It has been 6 1/2 years since we lost him and it is still a daily struggle for the three of us.

I am given unsolicited advice from people who will not understand unless they have gone through what we have, regularly. I have heard things like: It has been long enough. It’s time to move on. I could go on and on. They are said by people who care, people with good intentions, but it still doesn’t make it okay.

We will never move on. There will never be a day that we don’t miss him and wish he was here. There will never be a day that comes where we are over it and it should all be okay. It’s just not that easy and it is not realistic. We not only want, but we need to talk about him. We want others to talk about him. It’s important for us, especially my kids, to know that he hasn’t been forgotten.

There is so much more that I could say but I am going to stop here. Moral of the story is this… Think about what you say before you say it. Understand that your words can have life altering consequences when heard. Especially by the loved ones of someone that is no longer here.


13 responses to “Be Careful With Your Words”

  1. Hi Joni, I don’t know why I did not read this earlier, but I just got to it this Christmas morning, at almost noon.
    I can relate a little bit, from on the outside, of the situation you are in.
    My sister’s husband passed away after a couple years of suffering with cancer, and their son was eleven at the time. Being a single Mom was difficult for my sister also, even more because she suffered depression, and had mental challenges, and that made them worse.
    So when people, (friends, and church friends) would make negative comments about him after his passing, it hurt and built walls between them and those who should have been supportive.

    So I understand a little, although I am not living in your situation. I will pray for you Joni, and your children, that you will continue to experience the Presence, Peace, and Strength of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Comfort, Discernment, and Guidance Of Holy Spirit, and the Loving Arms Of Heavenly Father wrapped around you in Love, letting you know He is your Provider, He is your Source, He is Your Husband and the Father to your children.

    God Bless the three of you. Merry Christmas to each of you.

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    1. You should know that I appreciate your kind words so very much. God has blessed you with an encouraging spirit.

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  2. Always good advice…especially when talking with someone who is going through a lot! Thanks for the post! 💖

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  3. Great advice, people should not make up stories and tell them to your children, about things which never happened and some things which were long before them. Blessings to you and your children.

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  4. Such great advice Joni. Something we don’t always think about so this is really nice of you to share and raise word cautioning to top of mind. Thank you. God bless you!

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  5. Words must be spoken carefully which I understand. My nephew took his own life last weekend. He at times was actually normal with people. No one would say he was destined to take his own life, which he did. Now his family and my family are deep in this since he is our nephew we are one in this serious incident that he died in. He had so much going for him. He had landed an apprenticeship as heavy duty mechanic. Had real life relationships with women; on he had a son with. He was always happy had a new vehicle. He was smiling and had lots of good friends where he had lived and was still living. Home was here for him. Just the final thought for my nephew is ” I Love You”. God has you now so please trust in him. God and his son Jesus Christ will look after him from now on.

    Thanks for letting me express my thoughts about my nephews death. His funeral is tomorrow.

    Thank you Joni for this opportunity.


    1. I am very sorry this has happened. You are in my prayers. -Jeff

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    2. I am so incredibly sorry for your heartbreaking loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

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      1. Thank you Joni. I know we both can relate to heart breaking losses. His funeral was today. He was loved by lots of people who he grew up with. I know God has him safely in Heaven.


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