Our expert says:
Wasn't there a Peggy Lee song, "It this all there is ? " ?
Its sad that in a way, the more excellent you were as a parent, by raising your kids lovingly to be independent adults, they more they are ABLE to neglect you when you grow older ( but the less they would want to ! ) - and that is a better tribute to you than producing whiny, clinging kids who never really grow up - then when you might need help, they need it too, and are unable to be supportive.
But I think therapy would be a wise invetiment at this stage. NOT in order to convice you that life is one long laugh, but to re-clarify what it is indeed all about, what things in life should and can and do bring you joy or at least satisfaction ( some days, I just don't have enough energy for joy ! ) - so that you don't cheat yourself out of pleasures that you deserve and which are accessable to you.
Isolating yourself from others, producing a sort of premature social death, is no solution, for you or for them
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