DEAR DEIDRE: A YEAR after my husband died, people keep telling me I should get someone else in my life.
We were married for 30 years and I just can’t see myself with another man.
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I am 50, while my husband was 53.
He had a stroke the year before he died and a scan showed previous mini-strokes.
He was there one minute and gone the next.
It has been the most awful year of coming to terms with losing him.
Anniversaries and birthdays have been the hardest and it would have been our 25th wedding anniversary next month.
DEIDRE SAYS: It is only natural you don’t feel ready to think about a new partner.
People often feel awkward and don’t know what to say to someone who has been bereaved.
Their words might have been well-meaning but have still hurt, even if said in ignorance rather than with the aim to cause pain.
You cannot make other people understand but you can emotionally arm yourself.
Find understand support at Cruse bereavement care (cruse.org.uk, 0808 808 1677).
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