I’ve never talked to anyone who was dealing with grief and loss that didn’t feel lonely in that grief. Whether it’s a death, an illness, divorce, coping with the drug addiction of a loved one, whether it’s sudden or long-lived loss, you’re walking much of that path by yourself. You may have faith that guides you; love from friends and family can support and hold you. But after a few weeks or months, others tend to shy away and almost seem to forget what life has brought your way.

In this episode, sponsored by Audible.com, here are three ideas on how to handle that loneliness.. and some last advice for those of you who might want to reach out, but don’t know how.

Our listener email is from someone living in a country other than their own birth country and struggling with fears of being like an unhealthy parent, being unhappy in her marriage and missing her own culture. not feeling understood by her partner.

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