Dilemma: I'm extremely lonely without my son at home
My son finally managed to buy his own home in his thirties and has now moved out, which is what he wanted and I helped him out. But I am now on my own – I’m divorced – and so miserable it hurts.
Even schoolwear in the shops reminds me of beautiful times with my only child that have gone.
I won’t tell him but I can’t shake off these feelings of endings and hopelessness, and I feel very close to tears.
Jo Brand's advice
I think you need to tackle this in stages. First, the sadness. Have a chat with your GP, who can assess the depth of your problem and offer some treatment. I would think counselling might well be the way forward.
Second, once things start to improve you need to swing into action – perhaps you have the strength to do that now. These changes in our lives are inevitable and, as we can’t stop them, we need to deal with them.
There are people in our society crying out for help from those who have time on their hands and that’s the route I think you should go down. How about volunteering at your local hospital, food bank or library, for example?
What are you good at? Art? Decorating? Cooking? All these skills can be used in order to help others. Or even master a new skill yourself and contribute to society that way.
There are hundreds of opportunities that, sadly, many people don’t take up because they are too inward-looking. Don’t be one of them.
You mustn’t allow yourself to sit in a bitter pool of self-pity like Miss Havisham, pining for times past. Your son will feel so much better if he thinks you are living a full life, not wilting at home. And believe me, he will know, even though you think you’ve covered it up.
I wish you all the best.
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