Radio listeners were likely brought to tears when they tuned in to BBC's 5 Live Breakfast program Monday to hear 93-year-old Bob Lowe share a touching poem he penned for his late wife Kath, who died three years ago from Alzheimer's disease.
The couple were married over 60 years, and in his heartbreaking poem, he reminisces on their times together then -- and his loneliness now. The poem, called "Ode To Kath," starts:
I am alone, now I know it’s true
There was a time when we were two
Those were the days when we would chat
Doing little jobs of this and that
Lowe is a supporter of British charity Silver Line, which offers a free, confidential helpline to seniors who are feeling lonely and just need someone to talk to.
The reading comes in light of recent research which says growing numbers of aging men in England face loneliness and isolation after their partners die.
Lowe says he still talks to his late wife, Kath. "At nighttimes I say, 'goodnight.' In the mornings I say, 'good morning,' and it's a great comfort," Lowe said on the radio show. "But I'm afraid that's when loneliness kicks in and it hurts."
Our hearts go out to Bob.