I Slept for the First Time Since My Husband’s Death

My husband of 30 years was forced by a new insurance plan to go off some strong meds that severely affected his brain chemistry after taking it for ten years.

By Patricia

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My husband of 30 years was forced by a new insurance plan to go off some strong meds that severely affected his brain chemistry after taking it for ten years.

But instead of the new meds helping, he overdosed and unexpectedly used a 45 caliber handgun to the head to take his life during a severe anxiety attack. It happened a few feet away from me.

I also attempted CPR at the urging of the emergency person on the phone, and I’ve dealt with trauma from that tragedy since it happened almost four years ago.  I read a book that explained about EMDR and it seemed like something that might help me.

I didn’t sleep regularly since his death and I would wake myself up if I started to dream. Sometimes it was because my dreams were alarming.

I eventually just stopped dreaming altogether because I would wake myself up. I spent a lot of time exhausted and anxious. 

My life sort of just went into this weird hold pattern although I was pressing on and proactive in my own healing and life in general.

After the third session of Virtual EMDR, I slept all night (I believe for the first time since his death—that’s several years).

 I could remember I actually dreamed! 

It was like my brain was glitching out before, like a computer with a virus or something, that stopped it from processing normally.

Since I used the Virtual EMDR, I almost always sleep normally now. I am certain my life has improved dramatically.

So it was definitely worth the investment! I’ve recommended it to several people.

Thank you!

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Judithmorris Morris · 17 Jun 2023

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Sounds amazing

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susan · 20 Jul 2020

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I agree with it all, I think you are an amazing courageous woman I hope you will live in complete wellness ...

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Virtual EMDR · 07 Oct 2019

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Dear Patricia - Deepest condolences on your loss. To lose your husband of 30 years in such a tragedy is unfathomable, and you are a very courageous lady to carry on as you have. From everyone in the Virtual EMDR community, thank you for your open and raw sharing of your story. We are humbled that you allowed Virtual EMDR to help you as you rise above the past. May your story inspire others who are currently struggling with their own trauma and grief, that they too may seek and find peaceful sleep as you have. Thank you for being our beacon of light.

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