Being suddenly single at 60 can feel like a small death, even when nothing more deadly than divorce has occurred. When a partner unexpectedly passes, it can be even harder to reconcile. As hard as it is though, there is plenty of life and plenty of living left to do for people over 60 years of age.  There are many years of joy still available, either with a new romantic partner or with beloved friends and family. While a mourning period is normal and natural, the important thing to do is to not ossify in that grief. While becoming single in your 60’s can be difficult and even heartbreaking, the greater tragedy would be to waste the rest of life your life not truly living.

Get your life on track by first spending time with friends and family.  Sitting in a dark room feeling sorry for yourself will only make you depressed and will do nothing to change your situation.  Get out, socialize, even when you don’t feel like it.  Once you are out there socializing you will be amazed at how much better you will feel interacting with other people.

Join an exercise program.  There are plenty of gyms, pools and walking clubs available at all fitness levels that are looking for new members.  Take up a hobby, learn a new skill.  Now’s the time to try new things.

Volunteer.  Look for opportunities to help others.  It may be in your own backyard or if you like travel and you have the time and money, check out international volunteer opportunities.  There are plenty of people in the world who need help.  Not only will you better someone’s life, you will enrich your own, and make life-long friends.

Be patient. Don’t think that you will be alone for the rest of your life. You are worthy. Love yourself.

Everybody is beautiful in their own unique way.

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