As anyone who has suddenly lost a loved one knows, it's quite a shock to find yourself totally alone, as I did when my husband passed on.

The very first thought that came to me was Mary Baker Eddy's statement: "Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When thishour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth" (Science and Health, p. 266). An idea then came to me: "This isn't what you think it is." That was quite a startling statement—the this being my husband's passing. I remember thinking, "I've got a choice. I'll either go under with this, or I'm going to tap a whole new territory of thought. And if I really pray, listen, I will find what this new area is."

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