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Is there anyone else who's the last one left in their family?

7 years ago

I think this is weird and unusual but thought I'd check and see if there's anyone else like me. I'll be 60 next month. All parents and grandparents are gone. I had two older brothers, one died when I was 35 the other is dying now. None of us had any children so it's the end of the line and I'm the "last (wo)man standing". It's very strange. Fortunately I have DH and few nice in-laws but his wonderful parents are gone and there's some strangeness among his siblings that makes it not quite as nice as it could be. I can see how this might happen more often if you live to be quite old but seems like it would be rare at my age.

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  • 2 years ago

    You are not the only one... As a matter of fact I don't even have in-laws or anyone it's just me and my cat... I grew up the only child was a single mother and she passed on May 23rd... Right after I relocated to Georgia from Massachusetts... I am absolutely devastated and don't know what direction to turn.... So needless to say You're not the only one..😥

  • 2 years ago

    Wow Tonya hugs to you! I'm so sorry and hope you find this or another online group to give you some comfort during these covid times.

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    I'm so sorry Tonya - it's too bad all of us "orphans" can't get together. I think when we are ever "safe" from Covid I'm going to figure out how to organize a group in my area.

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    I'm 54 and I'm in the same boat. I was an only child, with two older parents, no siblings and no cousins. My grandparents on both side passed away when I was young and the last when I was 16. I do not have any children. However, I had many animals through my life up to current and I consider them family. I wish animals would live longer. I am married and have a husband. My husband has a big family but not warm people or inviting and I'm not close to them. I learned not to have any expectations. I do think about being alone when I'm older and it does scare me on occasion. I have friends with siblings and family, and most do not get along with their family and it can be a real issue. I do not have to worry about this. I try to keep positive and feel up to this point my life has prepared me for whatever lies in front of me. I feel empowered and mentally strong. My mom is currently 95 and lives in her home. She's a good 95 and hope she's here for a while more. She does daily exercises and keeps active.


    You're not alone in the world as I believe there is always something watching over us and guiding us. Take care of yourself and be safe especially during this time.

  • 2 years ago

    Sending warm wishes to you, HU.

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    Same here…I’m 52. I never had a grandfather because one died when my mother was 12. The other was simply a ”John” that created my father. My grandmother was a prostitute in the 1930s. I never knew her and my other grandmother died when I was 8. All of my aunts and uncles are now deceased. Both of my parents are also dead. I am one of five siblings and the last one left…….it’s very sad. My younger brother was actually murdered by a couple of cowboys in Montana for being gay. However, I’ve been married to an amazing man for 20 years so far. Sadly, both of his parents are also deceased. We made the correct choice to not have children…but, we have amazing critters and I foster kittens as well. Sometimes, people are overrated.

  • 2 years ago

    Im only 37 with zero blood family. this is going to be a long, lonely life.

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    Ashley, that's a sad and erroneous statement. You can have a life filled with people who are unrelated but love you - many of us do. They do not have to be blood and, quite frankly, choosing good friends can sometimes yield relationships with people who treat you better than many relatives treat each other. Learn how to make friends, be a friend, fill your life with concern for others and you will never be lonely.

  • 2 years ago

    Ashley - right there with you. I promise it's as good or as bad as you make it. Yes we miss some good things, but don't forget we also miss some bad. No family drama, no fighting, no pressure or external expectations from "blood" to be something you're not.


    Olychick is a very wise soul and said it best. I am surrounded by love - from people who choose to be a part of my life.

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    I am 47....the last girl

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    I’m 57 an about to become an orphan. My father died in January and my mother is 92 And very frail. I am also an only child, married but with no children of my own. I have a good relationship with a step daughter but I’m now haunted by not trying IVF with my wife in the past. its too late now for me to have children. It’s very sad and I am frightened to be honest. I can’t sleep at night due to grief. So you are not alone, but I am going to struggle i think. i hope the pain will ease over time.

  • 2 years ago

    {{{{{{{paulsmith1965}}}}}}}}}}

  • 2 years ago

    ((((((Paul))))))

    My family has been shrinking. I am going to reach out more to my cousins whose families are even less than mine.

  • 2 years ago

    Paul Smith, I'm sorry you feel so sad. I hope you'll think about seeing a counselor to help you with your feelings and maybe find some peace about the life you've lived and choices you've made vs. having regrets for the past. I've related this before and probably even earlier on this thread, but having your own children is no guarantee you won't be alone or cared for. Foster relationships with your stepdaughter and her children, friends and their children, make sure you have younger friends who could be there for you should you need them. They do not have to be your own children to keep you from feeling less alone. What I referred to earlier was that I worked for a couple of years styling hair in a small nursing home and got to know the residents very well. Those with the best lives seemed to be those without children. They had no expectations from anyone and no "woe is me, my kids never come to see me" or "my kids stuck me here" or any other sad tale many with children had to tell.
    I really suggest watching a couple weeks of Dr. Phil to see just how messed up child parent relationships can be; we idealize them a great deal. I'm sure 2 weeks of him is more than anyone can bear, but it might give you a different perspective. :-)

  • 2 years ago

    Thank you. Yes, this makes perfect sense. But the frightening thing about my choices is that there is never a solid bond to bind myself and my family together moving without a shared child. And nothing in my life which is mine. My choices in the past have been a thing of madness really and I feel alone in this. But infertility and age are to blame. But options were there for me.

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    I'm sorry it's so hard.

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  • 2 years ago

    I'm sorry you have such regrets, Paul. Have you considered a foster-parent or grandparent organization? Might you find that rewarding? I don't know your age group but here is one:

    https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-seniors-foster-grandparent-program

  • 2 years ago

    I'm the sole survivor of my entire family at 53 I lost my identical twin sister she was murdered November 24th 2021 I lost my mother and mother's Day she was also murdered I lost my brother February 5th 2020 he was murdered my dad died November 17th 2018 old age all three of my cats died two and three weeks apart in 2022 it's a very very tough time for me to lose someone in your family is terrible but to lose every single person no cousins no aunts no uncles and to boot family with everything to me I didn't make outside friendships so now I'm really really alone

  • last year

    No, no rare.

    I lost everyone in my family in the past 3 years, father, mother both brothers and my little sister, I literally am the last one in my family, my friends thinks it's funny my last name is Page so they jokingly refer to me as "the Last Page" and sadly true.

  • last year

    WELL BEING THE LAST MAN STANDING OUT OF SIX MY DAD DIED IN 1988 MY MOTHER DIED IN 1997 MY YOUNGER BROTHER DIED IN 2005 MY YOUNGER SISTER DIED IN 2015 AND MY OLDER SISTER DIED IN 2020 AND NOW AT THE AGE OF 63 I FEEL JILTED EVERY DAY IS SO EMPTY I HAVE DOGS AS PETS THAT DOES HELP BUT EVER DAY MY WORLD SEEMS TO BE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN THERE IS NOTHING EASY ABOUT BEING THE LAST SOUL LIVING IN A FAMILY BUT I WILL NEVER GIVE UP... !!!

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    Im 53 and never questioned my decision not to have children till losing the last the family members in one year. I will say it is very surreal not having anyone on the planet who knows your story from end to end. Its like you never really were in a sense. At times a question will come up that only your witnesses could answer and none remain. There is no support and others see that and find it much easier to inflict wrong doing on you business wise and financially. My 33 year old niece is the only other blood relative, None of my family are around to witness the legal battle so she figures she has nothing to lose... I never thought she was capable of this.

    I chose no children because I saw the toxicity and genetic dysfunction in the family and chose to end the chain. All I need to win at this life is to reach my end still grateful for my life.

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    @Troy I can imagine that it feels very painful and maybe makes you think about your value, and whether anyone values you. The family you are born into does not have to define you. Have you maintained connections with friends? Do you have activities/hobbies where you meet people? I hope you do. Maybe think about re-connecting with people you knew when you were much younger. I do see in my life where men have a harder time making "friend" connections. But we can do what we set our mind to! I hope you can turn this around, and make friends and do good in the world for others. To me that seems like the right way to leave a legacy, especially where family has let you down or is too dysfunctional to maintain connection with. Those are my thoughts.

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    This just happened to me in Nov. When my only sibling died.  Parents passed long ago. Sole survivor at 66.

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    I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOOSS'S AND THE PAIN AND HURT AND GREIF YOUR FEELING IN THIS TRYING TIME .....!!!!

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    Thank you.  Gets easier with time.

  • last year

    just to clarify and vent however, and this isn't easy to say.  I have very mixed feelings about her passing, because she was often emotionally abusive.  The pent up anger and resentment came out almost immediately.  I read about mourning a narcissist which I believe she was.  They said these feelings will overide any grief and sadness.  I never mourned this strangely.  She did make it to 80 and I m glad for that.  I m sorry for her that she was so unhappy, (which supposedly I was the cause of).  But I certainly don t miss her controlling personality.  I m finally free of it.

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    You could not be the cause of another adult's unhappiness. That is simply not possible, unless you were holding the person prisoner ;-)

    Regardless, being the last one standing has its own special sting. I am sorry for your loss.

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    Thank you.  It s a strange feeling.

  • last year

    Yeah, people are responsible for their own happiness or lack thereof. You get used to being the last man standing as I can attest to five years after posting the original message.

  • last year

    3katz4me thank you for coming back with that update. That offers a bit of hope for the rest of us!

  • last year

    There’s only a couple of us left, some relatives becoming more and more distant, and one who left us all behind. And my adorable pets have gone to heaven. Still, I choose to be self employed and have wonderful daily social interactions with my lovely customers, many who have become friends, and we go out to eat once in awhile which is really nice. I may go home alone (tho I have a roommate to chat with), but the fun social interactions and catching up with my roommate at home helps. I also live in a big city where everyone lives in apartments so I have friends in the building I see daily, and there are often social gatherings in the lobby that are fun. I guess that goes for being a pedestrian city so you see acquaintances out while walking places everyday, you know people in the shops, and then the dog park friends. Holidays are spent alone and I try to ignore them and often work because it’s hard to see everyone else celebrating - something I have many happy memories of, now sad, memories. I don’t agree that we can make up our new family of friends. I have succeeded at this until their families need them and they are gone. I do believe it works when undersranding the family of friends will evolve…new ones joining and old moving on and recognizing many kinds if friends. What I wish for are close friends to hang out with spontaneously and friends to share in dinner gatherings. I haven’t been able to create these. That’s where seeing my friends-customers during the day helps a lot. After writing this, I can see all the social oppties living in the city makes life happy and curbs lonliness so my alone time at home is welcome.

  • last year

    My 92 year old mother joined a ”newcomer” club in her town when she moved there years ago. She goes to lunch, movies, friend’s homes and is so busy during the week that she rests on weekends. She also recently moved to a retirement community with a meal pllan for the restaurants, and they have games in the evenings. A couple of times a year they help a charity with craft donations. Tho she lost her husband and son, she is so happy. I think the secret to her longevity is that she reaches out to make friends and eagerly participates in social activities. She also likes to buy herself new shoes and clothes :)

  • last year

    HU, that is the beauty out of making family out of friends - it separates the wheaf from the chaff. I have family I can never count on too. And yes, I have made some friends who were more fleeting. However I also have found a few friends I can trust with my life


    It is all about finding good people, nurturing those relationships, and accepting not everything will be a home run.


    It is all good.

  • last year

    I,too, believe there are friends who become like family, but you can’t sit back and expect that of people, without nuturing those relationships. . I see no reason to spend holidays alone if you don’t want to. If you participate in groups, you meet people with common interests and values. There are others with no family nearby who might love to join you. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; it can be pot luck.

    I also don’t limit my invitations to single people. Many couples are eager for getting together and don’t care if you’re single or not.

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    @Laura Lee Hillier - I just read your comment - and I am truly speechless (unusual for me). I cannot imagine having even one family member murdered - it is unbelievably cruel to have to suffered through three. I don’t know how you’ve been able to deal with all of this. My heart goes out to you.

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    I too am the last one left. It's tuff on me everyday

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    I too am the only one left and it is tuff on me everyday

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    I need help

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    If you need immediate help please call the crisis line in your community. They will listen and can provide info about resources available in your community. I wish you well finding what you need.

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    Dial 2-1-1, the crisis number across the country. Please reach out, you don't have to do this alone.

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  • 4 months ago

    Alexis, I'm sorry your life has been so hard. You deserve better. I hope your counseling will lead you to a better life. You are a strong woman to have survived all you have been through. I hope you can reunite with some of your nieces and nephews, so you have some family in your life.

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    WELL I CAN RELATE BEING THE LAST MAN STANDING OUT OF A FAMILY OF SIX THE GRIEF AND PAIN AND HURT IS REAL I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME PERSON OR AS HAPPY AS I USED TOO BE ITS A FEELING OF BEING ALONE EVERY DAY NOW AT 65 I AM GOING TO LIVE AS LONG AS I CAN AND MAKE THE BEST OF IT .....!!!!


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    I am so sorry for how alone so many feel. Reaching out and connecting wtih people is helpful. Reading this thread, there are quite a few posters who rarely post,but shared their experience. There is not wrong or right way to deal with things. I hope everyone is able to come to terms with it in the way that works for each.

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    Wow - I can't believe it's been seven years since I originally posted this. I was grief stricken when my second brother died following that post. He had addiction issues so we were not close at the end but when we were younger I was closer to him than anyone else in my family. Fortunately I've moved on and don't dwell on the fact that I'm the only one left in my family. Also very fortunate to have a great spouse and a few nice BILs. Have a couple nieces/nephews but only see them on holidays.

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    @gary b - Not knowing where you live, not sure if this would work in your community, but in many places there are grief support groups. I would encourage you to look around - maybe contact the closest Senior Center, often they are associated with those. Many people will be grieving the loss of a spouse, or maybe a child or sibling, but grief is grief and you will likely find kind souls who understand what you are feeling.

    Many Sr. Centers have social activities like card games, lectures or crafts, sometimes field trips that might get you out of the house for a little change. Many also serve hot lunches to gather with others to eat, a nice thing to share a meal. Share a skill you may have, volunteer to help others. Make a friend by being a friend.