Norman Miller: Widowers more isolated

May 19, 2013 

Widowers more isolated

Thomas Goldsmith’s article on aging (“As aging population grows, so do the perils of isolation,” May 5) did not include widowers who do not have any children or family around them. Daniel Rodriguez is lucky to have children in the same building or nearby.

Please note that there are widowers who live here and do not have any family on the East Coast and have periodic communications via Skype or telephone calls to extended family. Those widowers are more isolated from society. Widowers are expected to act in a certain manner, pretend that nothing has occurred and to tell people what they want to hear. Various social outlets such as churches and groups will and do isolate widowers from everyone else.

The above observations are based upon reality.

Norman Miller

Wake Forest

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