The loneliness of bereavement can be shared

SOME short time ago I watched a television programme that dealt with the plight of elderly people who had become bereaved and who were experiencing the acute loneliness that this brings. Being in this position, I am only too aware of the sense of being lo

SOME short time ago I watched a television programme that dealt with the plight of elderly people who had become bereaved and who were experiencing the acute loneliness that this brings.

Being in this position, I am only too aware of the sense of being lonely, the awful silence in the house, the lack of ordinary conversation, and having no-one with whom to share one's thoughts and ideas and small talk, and generally find companionship.

The people who are similarly placed that I have spoken to all say that they find weekends, and particularly Sundays, are the worst times, when everything goes quiet, and you feel very much alone.

Those who have families no doubt have some contact from time to time, and friends and neighbours are all very kind and understanding. But they cannot provide the same kind of simple home-like atmosphere for just a quiet, companionable afternoon or evening, doing nothing very much except chat, watch television and enjoy another person's company.


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It occurred to me, therefore, that those of us in this situation might do something to help ourselves and each other, perhaps by forming a small group in our own locality, who would call on each other, spend a few hours in a home environment, perhaps having a cup of tea and chatting over the events of the day, sharing interests, "putting the world to rights", and perhaps making the odd phone call to check on each other.

It might well be that new friendships could develop - perhaps a joint day out in the summer and, if these thoughts strike a chord anywhere, I would be happy to start something going. I can be reached on 01487 814334.

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DENNIS JACKSON

School Lane

Ramsey

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