Loneliness haunts many who live by themselves, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a couple of ideas to help overcome loneliness and have something to look forward to each week.

A widow invited some of her widowed friends over for a game night. We played some board games and enjoyed it so much that we have done it several times.

When it’s my turn to host the evening, I choose the food that sounds good to me. If it’s colder weather, I like to serve chili, or a thick soup and a cornbread casserole. Since the recipe makes more than I can enjoy by myself, it’s fun to share it and have sweet fellowship with other widows at the same time who might otherwise sit home alone.

Another practical idea is to have a craft night. Find a widow who would enjoy the same craft you have in mind, and share some coffee or tea and a dessert.

If it’s around the holidays, perhaps make a wreath for your front doors, or bake something to share with another widow who is not feeling well. It’s always a good excuse for getting together and having fun and encouraging each other.

Something else our widows’ group has implemented is a buddy system. We drew names and agreed we would check each day to be sure the other one is alright and not lying helplessly on the floor as happened to one of our widows.

The Lord says in Ephesians 4:32, we are to “Be kind to each other, and tenderhearted.”

Lord, help me to find ways to help other widows overcome their loneliness.