Coping With Loneliness

Having lost my 3 closest friends almost all at the same time-having no family-and retired I find it very lonely. I tried working in a charity shop but there was a lot of jealousy and back stabbing so gave that up-not saying they are all the same- people tend to be wary because they have their own friends families and lives yet for people on their own how does one make friends-one can go into shops and have a chat etc but that isnt making friends. I have no social life-it starts to get me down.

I lost my wife my life my world and I know how you feel. Empty and each day is just a drag. I can’t offer a solution simply because I am looking for the same thing. We have something in common and your not alone believe me. We may not see people but having the ability to contact other on the forum may help us both. Don’t give up and talk often and like me take each day as it comes.

Please don’t give up. I’m sure there must be a reason for us to carry on.
You are not alone,
I’m afraid that there are a lot of us here, and the best we can do is keep each other company.
I have a grown up family who have their own families to think about, and friends who are busy with their lives. I feel so lonely, even when they are here.
Have you got any local groups in your area, that meet for outings and socialising?
I’m so sorry to hear your story.
Please try to stay strong. (I know that’s easier said than done)

I know how you feel love, I lost my partner last year, and living on my own, is the worst thing I could ever imagine. Been lonely is the worst feeling, but I have started going to coffee mornings and meeting new people, it helps having other people to talk too.

I’m so sorry Elaine. I wish I could help.
It feels better to be here, and take comfort with people who understand the complete emptiness.
I think you have done well to get out. I don’t usually read horoscopes, but my horoscope told me that I was going to do just that. “forced to broaden my horizons and meet new people” perhaps it has a point.

Hello Kris,

I too am retired and hating the loneliness that has come with my husband’s death last May. I have posted on ‘Losing a Partner’, perhaps you might find it helpful.

Like you I wondered about working in a Charity Shop but I know I need to do something else, as - like you - I don’t think it is right for me. I thought what my ‘skills’ are and they do not involve selling … I’d be hopeless on a till!

Do let us know what you decide to do.

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