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How to Support a Grieving Widow/Widower

ö Allow the widow to cry.


ö Allow the widow to tell his or her story.


ö Allow the widow to make his/her own decisions; in his/her own time.

ö Don’t make assumptions about the widow’s financial status.  Gently ask questions to determine what type of assistance he or she may or may not need.

ö Check in periodically by phone, email or better yet in-person.


ö Be proactive and assist with everyday tasks including meals, buying groceries, help with picking up their children from school and activities; and assist with everyday errands.


ö Don’t abandon them. 

What Not to Say to a Grieving Widow
ö Sh*t People Say to Widows (Video)
by Fresh Widow
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ö How to Date/Marry A Widow or Widower

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Grief Support Books
"ABC's of Widowhood"

Interview with Author
Pat Nowak

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"From Sorrow to Dancing"
Interview with Author
Marcy Kelly

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“Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for the Young Widow”
Interview with Author
Carole Brody Fleet

"Love After Loss: Writing The Rest of Your Story"

Interview with Author
Ellen Gerst

"Missing Andy"
Interview with Author
Lori A Moore

"The Gift Giver"

Interview with Author
Jennifer Hawkins

"Suddenly Single"

Interview with Author
Ellen Gerst

"A Year and a Day"

Interview with Author
Michael Corrigan

"From We to Me"

Interview with Maryann

Be sure to also visit our Helpful Grief Support Books page for more books.
Sympathy Gift Ideas
KindNotes Condolence Sympathy Gifts
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In Our Hearts Forever Memorial Ornament
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Sympathy Food

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Grief Support Groups & Organizations for Widows/Widowers

ö American Widow Project The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter………Military Widow to Military Widow.


ö Bubba’s Belly Run Bubba’s Run is a 5K run in honor and memory of Captain Brian “Bubba” Bunting’s race to grow his family and for the benefit of his children’s education. All proceeds generated from this race will be used to support Bubba’s children’s education, The Fisher House™, American Widow Project, and Flat Daddies.


ö Camp Widow is a weekend long gathering of widows from across the country, and around the world. We come together to create a community of people who understand the life altering experience of widowhood. Camp Widow™ provides practical tools, valuable resources, and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse.


ö Fresh Widow Young widowed Mom shares resources, ideas, humor, facts, perspective + energy for your path after loss.


ö Lost and Found Lighting the way to help you find renewal from personal loss
Ellen Gerst, Relationship Coach


ö Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation Welcome to the community at the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. We work hard to provide a national network of support for anyone grieving the loss of someone they love–with a special emphasis on those who have been widowed. SSLF offers a variety of programs intended to connect our members for the two-fold purpose of providing peer based support opportunities, and connecting the many wonderful organizations that provide services offering comfort for those traveling the difficult journey of grief.
Widows to Young Helping widows under 50 continue to live.


ö The Unwedded Widow

I am an unmarried widow telling my story and reaching out to others in this situation-married and unmarried, male and female, with children or childless.



ö Widows Wear Stilettos We are pleased to announce that we have formed Widows Wear Stilettos in-person support groups throughout the United States. There are NO CHARGES, FEES OR MEMBERSHIP DUES REQUIRED in order to attend any Widows Wear Stilettos in-person support group.


ö Widows Wear Stilettos is delighted to announce the formation of the “First Month” Foundation; a non-profit foundation that will be dedicated to providing specific financial assistance to the widowed.


ö WIDOWS MINISTRY IN RESPONSE to our God-given assignment, Widows International is raising Kingdom awareness by teaching, training and transforming the Body of Christ and the widow. Ever advancing, we provide resources through seminars, conferences on widowhood, speaking engagements, counsel, written materials, along with a residential program. Globally, Widows International in a cooperative effort with international and local ministries provides evangelistic rallies to care for and empower the widows to take their nation for Christ.


ö A free social support network dedicated to anyone who has suffered the loss of a significant other.


ö WidowChick Grief management through humor and coping using the power of positive thinking.


ö Young Widow Our mission is to provide a forum for young widows and widowers to connect online. Through these connections, young widows and widowers find understanding and validation of their feelings so that they are able to recover their joy for life, reclaim their identities and rebuild their futures.

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