I have a diverse group of friends, including many that are retirement age and beyond.
This is loosely based on something I've witnessed all too often. Loneliness but not the despairing kind of loneliness that brings despair...the type where the persons eyes light up as they recall their deceased loved one and you know that they are really just "marking time" until they join them.
Sad, but a very beautiful thought nonetheless. I haven't done it justice unfortunately.