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How Senior Living Communities Help During Times of Grief


Did you lose someone you love in 2023?  Are you going into 2024 not knowing what “normal” looks like anymore?  You are not alone, even though it may feel like it sometimes.  Secluding yourself may feel like the right thing to do, but having a support system is essential to coping with grief.  If you are currently living alone, perhaps because of the recent loss of a spouse, then it may be time to look into senior living communities. 

Senior living communities are not just for those who need assistance with daily living tasks, although that is available at many senior living communities.  They are places where seniors can find friendship, fun activities, and a sense of purpose as they go through the later part of life.  If you find yourself alone this year, a senior living community may be the perfect place to build a support system of friends and neighbors as you walk through your personal journey of grief. 

The loss of a loved one, particularly a spouse, is never easy.  Whether you were married 5 years or 55 years, you had a partner to share life, and now life looks different.  You may be trying to figure out who you are as a single senior adult.  Do you enjoy the same activities you used to with your spouse, or are you ready to try some new hobbies?  Navigating grief can be challenging, particularly because everyone grieves differently.  One thing is for sure, you can’t get through it alone.  You need people to talk to who understand, people who have already walked through grief, and people who will lovingly walk alongside you as you grieve.  In this article, we will discuss how senior living communities can help during times of grief.

There Is Always Someone to Talk to at Victoria Landing

Victoria Landing is a luxury retirement living community located in Melbourne, FL.  With a beautiful location on the Indian River, Victoria Landing provides a peaceful place for you to call home.  Victoria Landing has over 100 senior living apartments which means you have many neighbors who are available for a chat.  There are planned activities available daily if you choose to participate. It is a great way to meet friends with similar interests.  Our lovely dining area is also a great place to meet new friends.  Who doesn’t enjoy a good conversation over a lovely meal?  There are residents at Victoria Landing who have lost their spouses too.  You aren’t alone and can find someone to talk to who understands. 

There Is a Ton of Activities at Victoria Landing

We understand that you may not immediately feel like jumping back into social situations, especially if you usually attended group gatherings with your spouse.  Maybe you already have some hobbies or groups you are a part of that you attended by yourself.  If so, we encourage you to continue.  Don’t stop doing things that make you happy.  It’s okay to smile, laugh, and enjoy yourself.  It may seem strange to do that in the midst of grief.  But, grief can exist alongside other emotions.  It doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be the only emotion you feel.

If throwing yourself into some fun activities feels like a good way to move forward and make new friends, including some who have been through the loss of a spouse, then Victoria Landing is the perfect senior living community for you.  We offer daily planned activities for anyone interested along with plenty to do on your own.  If you want to grab a couple of friends and head down to the pool, do it!  Does an impromptu game of Uno in the card room interest you?  Go for it!  We offer group devotions, trivia, karaoke, and so much more!  We also offer group outings, like lunches out at local hot spots!  As tempting as it may be to sit alone in your room missing your loved one, it is okay to miss them while still enjoying yourself.  And, socialization is important for your emotional and mental well-being. 

Victoria Landing Is Pet-Friendly

Maybe you haven’t considered senior living because you didn’t think you could bring your beloved pet.  Victoria Landing is pet-friendly!  If you don’t have a pet, now may be a good time to consider getting one.  Dogs, in particular, are known to have excellent therapeutic benefits.  As discussed in one of our previous blogs, “4 Reasons Dogs Are Good for Seniors,” dogs can help with your physical health, relieve stress and anxiety, help you socialize, help with loneliness, and give you a sense of purpose.  Many senior living communities are pet-friendly, like Victoria Landing, because they understand how beneficial the bond between people and their pets is.  Your pet may be grieving the loss of your spouse in their own way, so you can be a comfort to one another which is a wonderful gift.


Beginning a new year grieving the recent loss of a loved one is difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone, and you shouldn’t try to do so.  The senior living community at Victoria Landing is a vibrant community of seniors, many of whom have lost their spouse or another loved one.  There are always neighbors out and about, and that provides you with many opportunities for conversations.  There are tons of planned and spontaneous activities available at Victoria Landing.  Staying active and social is essential for your emotional and mental well-being.  Victoria Landing is pet-friendly, so you can bring your sweet pet and have the built-in comfort they provide.  Grief is never easy, but it can be a bit easier when you have a support system like the friends and neighbors you will find at Victoria Landing.

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