I can't get past my neighbour's death and now I want to move out

DEAR DEIDRE: I’M heartbroken over the death of my neighbour, and now I want to move.

I’m a 21-year-old guy with learning difficulties. Early last year, I moved to my own flat for the first time.

I’ve never lived alone before, and I was lonely and scared.

A lovely old lady called Mary helped me to settle in. She was so kind.

She would invite me round for cups of tea, and she’d leave plants for me outside my front door.

But then she got cancer and stopped answering her door when I knocked.

I took her some flowers to cheer her up and a few days later she died.

I couldn’t go to her funeral because of the lockdown, so I sent a ­balloon into the air for her.

Now I feel so lost. I stand at my window staring at her house.

I don’t want to live here any more.

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DEIDRE SAYS: When you lose someone close, the pain can be so intense that you can’t imagine being happy again. Don’t move away.

I promise you will start to feel better in time.

Talking about your lovely friendship will help.

See my support pack about bereavement, and contact Mencap (mencap.org.uk) for advice.

They offer a ­dedicated service called Grief Chat.

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