Comforting words for the childless

One of many anonymous commenters sent me this: “Hi Sue, I’m the anon from Oct. 30th same age group…I wanted to share something that may help others. Tonight I was starting to feel depressed and anxious (after hearing about a friend’s children) and decided to speak with my husband about my feelings. He shared that he feels bad sometimes for us not having children or grandchildren but he chooses not to dwell on it. He doesn’t want to dwell on what we don’t have but what we do have. He takes a piece of paper and lists everything he can think of to be thankful for. Count your blessings. So I did the same. Then I worked out for an hour to rid myself of the negative energy. This was helpful, tonight, for me. Hoping this will help others…Thank you again for this site.”

Try it. I think it does help.

I found a poem by a poet who calls herself Mareymercy that gives me great comfort and I hope it will help you, too. It’s called “But Who Will Take Care of You When You’re Old and Dying?” The poem offers an answer to those people who ask how you’ll survive old age without kids. The last stanza is especially comforting.


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