Falling off the priority list

Discussion in 'Dealing With Multiple Losses' started by Lynne Joyce, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Lynne Joyce

    Lynne Joyce Member

    Has anyone else found that once widowed you fall to the bottom of friends’ priority lists? I have had four social engagements either cancelled or just not met this week because people prioritised other things/people above a commitment made to me. One said she forgot, not for the first time. One didn’t turn up without even having the grace to notify me in advance or to apologise afterwards. I later learned that she had gone to see her son. Two cancelled at the last minute having replaced our social meet with arrangements made later with their partners. This week isn’t exceptional.

    I get that other people have partners and families and that these take priority, but why make arrangements with me in the first place? It may be of little consequence to them but I don’t have any family or a partner. Do people make arrangements like his without any intention of fulfilling them and if so why?
     
  2. Rebecca Carrum

    Rebecca Carrum New Member

    Feeling sad for you! Hoping the Holy Spirit will send you at least 1 new friend who is compassionate and sincere....someone you can count on to be there for you. Othera who have not stepped through the loss of spouse do not understand the deep pain and longing to belong to their circle of friends before the loss occurred. Praying that a nice friend, new or old, will join your journey of life and be real! Rebecca
     
  3. griefic

    griefic Administrator Staff Member

    Lynne, I think you've posed a question that so many people can identify with. When we're married we socialize as a couple usually, and as plans get cancelled or changed the impact is usually less since we still have our spouse to spend time with. These friends may not realize how much of a lifeline they are for you right now. How much you count on this time with them, and how much you may need it. I know talking to people about this kind of stuff can be hard, but I think there's a way to express your difficulty in a way that won't make a friend defensive. My guess is they really just don't understand and have no idea how their actions are effecting you. A tool I often use when feeling slighted is asking myself this: has this person intended to hurt my feelings? Almost always the answer is no. Now someone would say a sort of thoughtless oblivion isn't much better, but I disagree. People get very wrapped up in their own lives...we've all done it, and these days it's hard not to. But with a gentle approach I think you could let these friends know how much you look forward to and count on these plans to distract you from the pain and the grief. Empower them to know how much you need them, and what an important part of your healing process they could be. I would hope that could help and they would be responsive to that. And if nothing else I think it could be healing for you to get your feelings out in the open. Please keep in touch to let us know how it's going as you move forward. We're here with any questions you have or for anything you may need. Please take care, I truly wish you all the best~
     
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