Coping With Loneliness Explored at Lifetree Café

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Aledo, Illinois - Strategies for coping with loneliness will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Thursday, 04/30/2015, at 7:00PM.

The program, titled "Isolated and Alone: Imprisoned in Iran," includes a filmed interview with Sarah Shourd, who accidentally crossed the Iranian border while hiking and was held in solitary confinement for 410 days.

"Everything about solitary is meant to dehumanize you and turn you against yourself and everyone else," says Shourd. "As I got worse, the limited time I was allowed with my fellow hikers became my lifeline and gave me the strength to fight against my conditions."

Participants will consider the consequences of loneliness and how they can avoid experiencing it.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is located at Lifetree Cafe-Aledo, 606 SE 3rd Street, Aledo, Illinois 61231.

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation on life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For questions about Lifetree may be directed to Deb Essig at 309-371-4712 or More information is available at