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Vancouver woman’s faith provides comfort in grief

'I read a lot of Scripture. Sometimes I was really angry and I still prayed. … I don’t think spirituality is always ‘everything is peachy.’'

By , Columbian Managing Editor for Content
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Ingela Martinson, center, prepares lunch with her sons Andreas, left, and Nathan, right, during a break from watching the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints general conference broadcast on April 1. They are mourning the death of Göran Martinson, husband and father. Their faith's promise of eternal families sustains them.
Ingela Martinson, center, prepares lunch with her sons Andreas, left, and Nathan, right, during a break from watching the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints general conference broadcast on April 1. They are mourning the death of Göran Martinson, husband and father. Their faith's promise of eternal families sustains them. (Photos by James Rexroad for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Göran Martinson survived almost 13 years after he was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. It was not cancer but COVID-19 that ultimately killed him at age 55.

“He had so many other things that almost got him,” said his wife, Ingela Martinson.

A year after her husband’s death, grief still wallops the 51-year-old Vancouver resident at unexpected moments, not to mention the expected ones, like birthdays, holidays and anniversaries.

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