The Lonely Christmas

Written for CCC # 163, hosted by Crispina Kemp A work of flash fiction.

This was going to be a hard one. I knew it months ago. The kids were grown and on their own. They were too far away to visit with ease. They were involved with activities, friends, and adventures of their own. I assured them I understood. I did, but the grieving pain still resides in my heart. 

Now that my partner is gone, it’s hard to get into the spirit of the holidays. Decorating feels like adding fuel to the fire of despair. I did very little this year. A hint to the fact that a holiday even exists at this time.

No one reaches out to me. The world is in a state of mandatory isolation. I must make it through this time of loneliness. I have no other choice. I’ll stay home without visitors, without music, and without glad tidings.

Hopefully, next year will lesson my deep sadness. . 



21 thoughts on “The Lonely Christmas

      1. She has family but some are in Australia and one son lives about 5 hours drive away, so there is no-one local. Hubby looks out for her with minor repairs etc and she’s doing pretty well now, but still has some dreadful down days. She knows we’re here though, and the kettle is always on if she wants company.

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          1. When her husband was taken into hospital, she took a card we’d given her with our name, address and phone number on it. So lucky she did as she rang us and we dropped everything. We were at the hospital in about forty minutes, and with her (and him) when he died.

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  1. I know, I know, it’s flash. But it’s a real issue, especially with the last few years being pretty isolated anyway. All I can say is that with the people I work with, I see a broad spectrum. Some cope well, others go to pieces.

    A lot of my clients have lost partners, too, and bereavement is the same. Some cope, others struggle; there’s no obvious reason.

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  2. Lauren, what can I say, it’s said by all. Thank you so much for writing this and sharing it. I wish you things that come from within you … Peace, Love & Contentment … for this festive season and throughout the year. 🙂

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