Jessica Bell has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2002. Don't allow yourself to sink into self-pity or feelings of helplessness.
Do an Internet search or comb through social meeting websites, such as Meetup.com, to find people in your area who share your interests. Sitting at home alone knitting or reading a book is not the best way to ward off loneliness.
One of the most positive ways to cope with the loss of a spouse is to do things to help others.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen, become a mentor or help your favorite charity with fundraising events.
These positive acts of giving back will have a lasting impact on the lives of others while helping you become involved and meet new people.
Counseling other grieving widows and widowers can also help you cope with your own loneliness.