Supporting women through a new phase of life as a widow

Coping with being a widow is something that many of us will face in our lives. The very fact that women generally live longer than men means that you will be in the majority.

The word widow has connotations of sorrow and loneliness but you don't have to live the rest of your life under a cloud of misery.

Certainly, you will feel a tremendous loss and sorrow but this doesn't need to stop you from having a mindset of wanting joy in this next stage of life.

It's a cliche but it's true "It's what your partner would have wanted".

So it's okay to feel the way you feel right now, or as Megan Divine puts it so well, "It's okay that you're not okay".

Coping with being a widow.

The most important thing is that you don't have to do this alone. In fact, that is the last thing you should do.

There are people out there who will be happy to give you good company and great support.

So time is the only healer here and having people to talk to about how you feel is all part of the recovery process.

There are a great many groups out which will give you a great deal of help at this difficult time. It's important to remember that we all react differently.

We all have our own time scales for the sense of loss to start to ebb away.

That's not a sign that we don't care anymore. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

It's a sign we are slowly coming to terms with our new life. A new lease of life without someone we really cared about when they were part of our life.

They will never be forgotten, and rightly so, but we need to move on.