How Communication Imagery Can Cement Your Relationship

How Communication Imagery Can Cement Your Relationship

I keep hearing her meowing and I think I see her, then I know I will never see her again. I feel so stupid because other people have things so much worse, but she gave me so much comfort. I can’t even see the phone because I crying so hard so I might be making mistakes. I didn’t even get to say goodbye. She was in my arms one minute and the next she was gone.

I’m so sorry to lay this on you, Charlie, but I need your support.”

Charlie’s response:

“Honey, I’m so sorry. This really sucks. You never ask me for anything when you know I’m up against it, and I can hear the pain. It’s coming through your words. I feel so hopeless being so far away when you need me.

I’ll be through here in a couple of hours. I’ll FaceTime you as soon as I can get away for two minutes. Just stay put, have a glass of wine, turn on a sad movie. That will help the tears to keep flowing the way they should right now.

I know how hard it is for you to reach out when you’re in trouble so you don’t need to call anyone else if you don’t want to. Even though I’m not near, you can still feel me close. We’ve done this before when we were separated for a month, remember? We just both close our eyes and pretend we’re touching.

I know she was your baby and I’m not very good at showing my feelings but I loved her, too, in my own way. If we grieve together, it won’t hurt as much. Maybe she can still hear you. Talk to her. It’s not crazy.

Take care, sweetheart. I’m with you every minute.”

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Hopefully, the differences between these two conversations are clear. You can find yourself somewhere in their moments. The feelings of belonging and mattering are clear and the results can be magical.

The more you communicate, the better and stronger your relationship will be. Having strong communication and understanding between each other will help your relationship grow stronger.


Written by Randi Gunther Ph.D. Originally appeared in Randi Gunther, Ph.D.

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How Communication Imagery Can Cement Your Relationship
How Communication Imagery Can Cement Your Relationship
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