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Martha lost her husband of 36-year-old: I could not see anything beautiful anymore

It was in the summer of 1982.

The then-36-year-old Martha was married the 11-year-older Christian. They were happy - very happy.

It was him, I should share the rest of my life with, says Martha.
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Suddenly one day, Christian lifeless laying on the floor with cardiac arrest. There was nothing to do - Christian was declared dead at the scene.

even Though it is many years ago, chasing the idea of the summer day yet the smile away from the otherwise happy and warm lady.

- In the time after, it was as if I lived in a bubble. I could neither see anything beautiful or pleasing anymore, says Martha with a serious facial expression.

One evening, some years after Christian's death, I came home. I could feel that I had not the good. Suddenly I could not control my breath, and my heart was pounding completely crazy. I was so scared that I called an ambulance.

Although Martha continued to work as a sandwich maker in the years after, there was constantly a margin that would not leave her.

the Grief of the Christian hung in Martha, as the only unprocessed grief can.
Blue book Martha Margrethe Thomsen.
Age: 73 years old
Children: Mother of two girls
Position: Retired a sandwich maker
It developed into a terrible panic disorder, which is three times the cost of a trip with the ambulance.

In the 17 years lived Martha a life with anxiety, and although she learned to live with it, it was never really good.

- I was an expert in hiding how I really had it in many years. Finally I had a place in my life where I was desperately searching for something that could help me back to life again. the
Martha is one of the danes who live in number 9. Photo: Anders Brohus
One day heard Martha on a priest in Svenstrup. Despite the many prejudices against christianity took Martha anyway with one of his meditation groups in the church.

I felt immediately very comfortable in the group, and for the first time, I stood face to face with the sadness, I for so many years had fled from. Many times it was too much for me, and I jumped days over, which I took not away. But gradually he helped me back to life and away from fear.
To the faith of God occupies much of martha's life can be seen on the bogbunken in her living room. Photo: Anders Brohus
Since that time religion has been a big and very important part of martha's life. Today she is both kirkevært in Svenstrup Church and tells blithely about how the church is a place where you can be completely themselves.

- I've also held worship and written sermons themselves, she says proudly, while the big smile returns in the face of the 73-year-old loving lady from Sønderborg.

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How to live Martha

Martha writes sermons and also hold religious services. Over the past ten years, she has studied theology for lay people once a month. It takes place in Aarhus, and it is academics who are responsible for the teaching. Photo: Anders Brohus
When you enter the small home, you can immediately sense a strong faith.

Looking around in the living room, is among other things, several books on faith on the table beside the red sofa.

- I actually have one weekend of the month, the last ten years reading theology for laymen in Aarhus. It is incredibly exciting and really amazing that it is the academics, which for a small amount, take the time to teach us ordinary people, tell Martha.

On the wall in the living room hanging lots of pictures of children, grandchildren, and family gatherings, but on the wall hung two small pictures of Jesus - not the second.

- the Ones I myself have made, says Martha quickly. the
Martha has even made two icons that adorn one wall in the living room. Photo: Anders Brohus
Going to be very close at the pictures, it is impossible to see that it is not made by a professional.

It also took a little time, laughing, she saw.

the living Room is small and cozy, and it embodies exactly what Martha needs. A topersonerssofa, an armchair, a coffee table and a small dining table. On the table are some daffodils.

- I think simply, they are so beautiful that I can't stop buying them, says Martha with a smile, while she looks at the flowers.

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