Loneliness

Feelings of loneliness are impossible to avoid with the death of a spouse. Those feelings are a testament to the love that we felt for them. However, loneliness can become a crippling problem if we choose to withdraw from others in an attempt to protect ourselves. Conversely loneliness can lead to problems when we seek to fill the void is left by the death of our spouse with substance abuse or unhealthy relationships. Loneliness is useful in the extent that it can help us feel empathy toward others and can lead us to reach out and help those who are also suffering.

The Assurance Through It All
Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so. His words in holy writ are sufficient:

“Be still, and know that I am God”

Thomas S. Monson

Empathy from Loneliness
The loneliness people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.
Anonymous

  From the Editors Desk

  1. 5 Ideas that will change how you view Loneliness in your life.

    So many are called to bear the cross of loneliness for a time in this life.    It is a difficult burden that causes suffering and is at times physically and emotionally painful. It can feel like too great of a load to bear.    Yet I have found loneliness...
  2. The Root of Loneliness

      Loneliness was not something I thought I would experience in my early 40’s.  The loss of my husband, my children growing up, and half of my family no longer living in my home has left me with days that are often filled with solitude. Not that solitude is a...
  3. The Gift of Time

    While Waiting on the Lord.    This is a thought that has reoccured in my mind… “You’ve been given the gift of time. Do not wasted it. Time cannot be recovered. While you are waiting on the Lord you have time. What will you do with that time. Will you...

  Real Stories

This life is not always easy, nor was it meant to be; it is a time of testing and proving. At times when we may feel to say, Hope you know, I had a hard time, we can be assured that Jesus Christ is there and we are safe in His loving arms. Watch “Love Thy Neighbor” about a woman who overcame Loneliness through Service

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    The Long, Lonely Road

    As I have fought and struggled with feelings of loneliness, I have questioned, “What is the purpose of the pain and suffering that so many of us feel from lost or non-existanting relationships?” I have wondered, “Am I having this experience because I need to learn to like being alone? ...

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Testimonials

Julie

I was totally lost and lonely after my husband died, but as I learned to accept the alone time I found it to be a friend.

I think being lonely helped me find myself again. After years in a difficult marriage, I was able to start being me again. I found my old hobbies, some new ones, the ability to have hopes and dreams again, the ability to serve others simply because I loved them, not because if I didn’t their world would fall apart. I loved my husband despite the difficulty, but found the ability to enjoy my life again in the lonely times.

Julie
Sue

My lonely is often a good place, I have the comfort of being more in touch with God.

This trip is a great learning process, in the loneliness He has my full attention and I hear more clearly.

Sue

Question & Answer

What can I focus on instead of my loneliness?