“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”  Helen Keller

Loneliness can often be a widow or widowers new companion following the loss of a loved partner. Although there’s lots to work through when we experience loss, sometime the loneliness can be a surprise.

In one of our previous posts Walking Each Other Home, we added an inspirational article by Aubry Smith who stated ” We are all in this together; we are all just walking each other home.”  We think that expresses perfectly what Widowed Friends is all about – we have all experienced a common loss, we come together to support each other and build new relationships and we welcome with understanding hearts new members who are going through similar experiences.

Both Steph and Dorothy recently found articles that confirm the power of community and sharing time with each other, to combat loneliness.  The first is from the CBC and is entitled Loneliness is a pack a day.  It describes how people who are lonely are more likely to abuse tobacco and alcohol and suffer from depression – the author Dr. Brian Goldman thinks patients should be assessed for their loneliness when physicians are determining how to treat a patient.

The second article is Britain Appoints a new Minister of Loneliness to tackle social isolation   outlines how Britain has recognized loneliness as an epidemic in the country.

What does this all mean for Widowed Friends?  It’s just a reminder that together as a community we can reduce loneliness and isolation among our members and move forward together in a supportive environment.

If you are thinking about joining or you are a member and are hesitant to come out to events, give us a try.  We’d love to see you and get to know you and everyone’s participation helps make our community stronger.  Remember, in the end, we are all just walking each other back home.