A 61-year-old woman has no friends and feels like a total failure
It can be tricky to know when to give a friend “a pass”—and how much to overlook after trauma or loss.
I never had a lot of close friends when I was younger but I always had a couple, and my best friend was my husband. I also have four children. My husband died two years ago after a bout with cancer (at home) and my children are now grown and live in different areas. Two of my best friends moved to other states and I now have only one friend left, who also moved to another city.
From The Friendship Forums: Is a friend’s response to your loss or serious illness a litmus test of your friendship?
A recent post on The Friendship Forums of this blog expressed the hurt and frustration someone felt when certain friends and colleagues failed to show empathy after he lost his mother to cancer.
Complicated grief is more likely when a husband and wife were extremely dependent upon on one another for companionship.
QUESTION: Hi Irene, My fiancé and I have been together for five years and are very close to each other’s families. My brother-in-law passed away earlier this week and one of my fiancé’s ex-girlfriends showed up at the funeral home and the funeral to pay her respects. They were together for a substantial period of […]
QUESTION Dear Irene, My best friend of 18 years always called me "the sister she never had". We live in the same city and used to talk on the phone at least 5 to 10 times a day and got together frequently. About two years ago she and her husband began divorce proceedings. I tried […]