How do you cope with the loneliness following a bereavement? I am single, was unable to have kids, no siblings or close family. I have just lost my mum and now there is only me in my family. It just feels so empty and isolating. Add to that I am rather a loner and this has suited me until now, I've always felt very happy and fulfilled with my lifestyle. I have acquaintances through work and clubs, etc. but very few friends. The few friends I have live miles away including overseas and we catch up with monthly phone calls, the odd email or letter. All these seem very shallow, but this has never bothered me. Now I just feel so alone. I've been crying down the phone to my closest friend, but there is nothing she can do as she is sooo busy and so far away. Work keeps me busy and I can just about put on a brave face to get through the day, but when I get home in the evening and shut the door I fall apart. The thought of going out and meeting people, even as far as the supermarket is more than I can bear.