Thought of the week
Long Lost Family is a long running tv series which reunites people who have been separated by the circumstances of their life, for many many years. It’s a very emotional programme, which highlights the pain and heartache which some people carry with them, and it’s almost impossible to watch it without being caught up in those feelings, and the tears which flow when people are reunited, sometimes after a lifetime of separation, even of not knowing the other(s) existed. Knowing that we belong and are loved, and in turn have others to love, is a basic human need. In modern society, families come in all shapes and sizes, not all linked by DNA. Not all are happy but, when they are, they provide ‘places’ where each member loves and cares for the others; where each feels important, valued and respected; a safe, supportive space, where we know we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Sadly, this is not everyone’s experience. There are many lonely people who have no family they know of, or whose family choose to stay apart from them. During the last year, because of the Covid-19 virus restrictions we are all living with, the problem of loneliness has grown. Modern technology, allowing us to see and hear people on our computer screens, has helped, but nothing beats physical, face to face contact, and the gentle touch of another person. During this time, many have gone out of their way to keep an eye on lonely people - doing the shopping, making sure they are safe and well, or just letting them know that someone cares. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that basic goodness blossomed and grew, and transformed society so that no-one ever felt lonely again?