Module 6 - Managing difficult situations
Chapter 3: Living without my spouse or partner
Going out alone
It is really awkward to go out with “couple friends” with whom we used to do “couple activities.” I feel like such a third wheel, I often just cancel.
It is common to feel a lot of stress and anxiety going out to dinners and parties after the death of your partner. Having friends and family over to visit can also feel overwhelming.
Everyone at the party was with someone. They are much happier than I am.
Comparing yourself to others can make it harder to cope with your new life. Remember that your friends invited you for a reason: They care about you.
You might dread being the only single person at a family dinner or party. Learning a new way of socializing can be very demanding, especially when events that once energized you now exhaust you. The first time you go out alone after the death of your partner will be the hardest. Despite this fear, it is important to eventually push yourself. Although you might feel very anxious, many find that once they arrive at an event, it gets easier.