This is one of the best things about the internet-- the ability to connect with people if for some reason you aren’t inclined to go out much or if you’re geographically isolated.
Right after my husband died, I got on a board for widowed people and it was a godsend. I lived alone out in the country, and in the beginning I did spend a lot of time with people. But after a few months or years, your IRL friends don’t get why you’re not over it yet. They’re tired of your sadness. But this vast community of widowed people was always ready to talk, support, console, and help, no matter how long it’s been.
One night a beloved cat was killed by dogs in the middle of the night. (I heard and went out and found her. ) I was all alone and there was only one friend I could call and she lived in another state. I got on that board and within minutes l had supportive and sympathetic messages from many people. It made me feel less alone and rightly so.
Internet communities are amazing. The SDMB might be the most amazing one anywhere.