It’s just over a year since my husband died. He was 9 years older than me so all my friends have still got husbands. I am early 70s young at heart if a bit creaky. I was such a confident person with a very successful career, seen as a leader. We had no children but were very much soul mates. I’ve lost all that confidence. I’m not very clubbable but work best in close friendships and relationships. I feel ashamed of myself that I am so lonely and can’t see where my life is going. It seems unbearable to have no close company. I do have friends but they all have partners and big families to take their time up. People are kind and 2 or 3 have stayed the course with me so I am grateful. I don’t have siblings. I realise this is an old old story common to so many women but I wonder if there is anything anyone can share with me about ways forward, not just “ it will get better”
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