LOSING SIGNIFICANT OTHERS

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More loss! How much more? It seems like an endless stream of significant other people in my life have departed or are leaving me. I am devastated and heartbroken. I don’t cope well with what feels like abandonment, especially as someone who has BPD or EID (Emotional Intensity Disorder) where this and rejection constantly loom like some ogre behind my shoulder, threatening to suffocate me.

I very recently lost my Mum (as some of you will know). This bereavement came five years after losing my Father. You could say that I should have expected these losses at some time, given that both my parents were in their eighties. However, this is always a major blow even after taking that into consideration.

Now, other important people in my life are leaving, and it’s beginning to get too much to bear. One of my two main Carers left last week, taking early retirement. Now, Helen, my P.A. and Support Worker is moving on after fifteen years with me. She is taking a different career path, and I will be acutely aware of her absence in my life.

Then, finally (at least for the time being) a very close friend announced yesterday that she was moving to the coast, eighty miles away to be nearer her daughter (we have known each other for nearly thirty years). We’ve had many happy times visiting places of interest, chatting over cups of coffee, pouring our hearts out to one another, and in general, putting the world to rights. We can phone or write, but with neither of us having transport or good health, it is unlikely that we will see each other again.

It’s all beginning to get a bit much, I’m lonely and am fighting hard not to fall into a pit of despair and depression. The friends that I do have seem to be mostly cyber-friends, either on Facebook, Twitter or WordPress. At least, in social media, I could put out some ‘friend requests’, but in real life, it’s not quite as easy as that. I guess if I reach the bottom, the only way to go is up, so I’ll try to hang on to that for the time being. Please, bear with me a little longer.

7 thoughts on “LOSING SIGNIFICANT OTHERS

  1. I’m very sorry to hear about so many such things happening all at once like this, Ellie. I wish I could think of something to help. I know you already volunteer at a local university and I believe you mentioned before that you go to a local church, but I wonder if there are any other ways to meet new people too. Is there, for example, a nearby college, community center or library that has cheap (or free!) classes in something you’re interested in? Years ago, I used to take (subsidized) language classes in the evening and I found I came to enjoy it for social reasons almost as much as for academic ones.

    1. Thank you, Bun. That’s very kind of you. I had to pull out of the last and recent university session which wasn’t good but I’m hoping to go to a new art group soon. Hopefully, I might be able to pull myself out of the mire by then. Thanks for caring – Ellie x

  2. I’m so sorry, Ellie. I can only add my prayers that you’ll work your way through this grief, so you’ll be able to raise your face to the sunlight of joy later. Be gentle with yourself until then.

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