I have so many wonderful sister moms that do this vocation of mothering all by themselves. So, who do they cling to. I know a mom who lost her husband when her eldest child was 18 months and she was three months pregnant with their second child. It was such a shock to lose someone you love so suddenly and so young: they were both in their twenties, just starting their lives together!
She had family to gather around her, she was very lucky and blessed to have family; not everyone is/does! So, who do you cling to when you are alone?
For many single moms it means creating a family of their choosing. Building a community of people who will be there for them: Ruth and Naomi come to mind.
In Hebrew the name Naomi means “my gracious one” or “my delight”; Ruth, meaning “friend.” What appropriate qualities to look for when finding those to whom to cling: ones who will be gracious, a delight and who will be friend.