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.
“Be still, and know that I am God”
Thomas S. Monson
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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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