Recent conversations with clients who expressed loneliness made me think about the subject. The loneliness one feels after the loss of a loved one must be a difficult thing to overcome. Individuals who are in a facility with no friends or family for visitations must feel all alone in the world, too. I have heard clients say, “This too shall pass,” and, hopefully, it will.
Here are some suggestions for resolving your own loneliness or assisting someone else through theirs:
- For those of you who are grieving the loss of a loved one, there are support groups that can help you. You can speak to people who are going through the same thing and they would understand how you are feeling. United Way’s First Call for Help offers a list of widow/widower support groups in ten area counties.
- Volunteer your time to organizations. It would be a good way to get out of the house and meet new people. Greater Cleveland Volunteers is a local agency that helps match people with opportunities to serve based on their interests, skills, and availability.
- If you know of someone in a nursing home or hospital, try to set aside some time to visit them. They would appreciate it very much.
- If you do not have a loved one who is currently living in a facility, but are interested in providing companionship to someone in need, most nursing homes and hospitals, including University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic, offer programs in which you can become involved.
- Posted by Sonja Kraljevic
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