I'm a single mum and ever since my kids left home, I've felt so lonely | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: EVER since my children left home, I’ve felt so lonely.

I’m a single mum and have dedicated my life to bringing them up.

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They’re all successful and independent, which has made me so proud, but now I don’t know what to do with myself.

I’m 49 and they are 24, 22 and 21. They’ve all got partners and good jobs and although they call me regularly, they can’t come to visit very often.

Work takes up most days, but the evenings and weekends are long and empty.

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I don’t have any close friends – my old ones drifted away – and it feels too late to make new ones.

All I want is someone I can have a coffee and a chat with.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Empty-nest syndrome has hit you hard.

You’ve done a great job with your kids but now it’s time to focus on your own happiness.


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Check out meetup.com for ideas of local activities where you’ll meet others looking for friendship.

Join clubs or activities that interest you – sports, a choir or bridge, for example. My support pack on loneliness should also be helpful.

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