The Last Taboo

Stevie Turner

I read this morning on my trusty BBC News app that the last taboo is loneliness.

There we are in our teens with (usually) our parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends all alive and well.  The majority of us then go on to create our own families in our twenties, and are busy juggling the demands of a family with work commitments.  There is no time to feel lonely.

In our thirties our children are growing up, and the house is full of their friends.  Even though our grandparents may die in our thirties, we still have busy lives.  We mourn them, remember good times, and carry on carrying on.

By the time we reach our late forties and early fifties, our children may have left home.  Our parents are ageing and might have already passed away; likewise our aunts and uncles.  Our immediate family is growing smaller. …

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