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CHAPTER 7


disappears or feels lost. For example, your partner may have been the person who dealt with the finances, went shopping, walked the dog, drove the car ... and so on. He may have been your companion, your friend, someone to watch television with, go on holiday with, laugh and cry with. Feeling scared, vulnerable, and unsure how you’ll manage without him is perfectly normal.


You are probably well aware of the common symptoms of grief: shock, numbness, pain (emotional and physical), sadness, anger, guilt, anxiety, inability to concentrate, difficulties with eating and sleeping, and yearning. But just as all relationships are unique, so is grief. Everyone’s circumstances are different and it’s unwise to compare your grief with others, or to try to speed your grief along. You need to absorb the reality of your situation, and to come to terms with what it means for you, in your own time.


Meanwhile...


Take care of the basics -- eat regularly, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of sleep, and exercise at a level that’s comfortable


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...remember that there’s a big difference between living alone and being lonely.


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