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My wife died six weeks ago and I’m dreading spending Christmas all alone

CHRISTMAS CRISIS

DEAR DEIDRE: SIX weeks ago my darling wife died after a severe stroke and so-called friends have deserted me. I’m dreading my Christmas alone.

She was 72 and I am 75. Sadly we had no children.

My wife’s best friend helped to organise the funeral but she has now gone to Australia to visit family.

My wife was the social one who made all our arrangements and I’ve not heard from any of her other friends. It looks like I’ll spend Christmas Day on my own, just missing my lovely wife.

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DEIDRE SAYS: This is a very sad time for you but I bet those other friends you mention have no idea you are all alone for Christmas.

Pick up your wife’s address book and message a few.

Say you do not want to intrude but face being alone at Christmas and wonder if you could pop in to say hello.

My e-leaflet Worried About Christmas? has lots of ideas for those who dread the next few days for many reasons.

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