Question: I'm divorced and never remarried. My parents are deceased and my two children are grown. I recently relocated and am trying to make connections, but that's much harder to do later in life. I'm lonely and have even started thinking this will be my lot in the afterlife. After all, if we're supposed to reconnect with our loved ones and our soul mate, who will be there for me? I'd appreciate any words of encouragement for me in this life and the next.
— D., via firstname.lastname@example.org
Answer: I'm so sorry for your loneliness. It would be supremely arrogant of me to imagine that I could wipe it all away with a few words. Basically, you need hugs, not words.
Mother Teresa said, "Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."
I don't want you to be poor that way, but you must find a way into meaning, hope and love on your own. This is the truth of our individuality. We're all on journeys, but they are solitary journeys at their core. Here are some other thoughts from famous and wise people that might keep you company on your journey: