GETTING USED TO BEING ALONE
If you have no children, or none still living at home, and your household was composed simply of yourself and your partner, your problems are going to be centred around adjusting to living alone. After the shock of the death, the upheaval and fuss of the funeral, the well meaning presence of friends and relatives, you may feel a tremendous sense of relief when you finally manage to shut the front door and be alone for the first time. At last you have time to weep in private, at last you can just sit and go over the events surrounding the death without interruption. You can wander around the place you shared together and bring back memories at will. You can, at last, begin to establish a circle of peace around the memories of your dead partner.
You can eat or not eat, have a drink or a smoke, look at photograph albums, weed the garden, watch television, read a book, play music, have a conversation with your departed partner, or simply do nothing at all, and nobody will object or try to distract you. Your time is your own.
DISCUSSION POINTS OF 'LIVING ALONE'
The discussion points at the end of each chapter aim to help you to relate the subject matter to your own circumstances. Suggested ways of approaching the issues are given in a separate section at the end of the book.
Surviving Your Partner
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