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Should Out-of-Towners Attend Your Spouse's Funeral or Visit Later?

Q. My husband has been desperately ill for a long time, and I’ve been told it’s only a matter of weeks now. Close friends who live far away have asked whether I prefer they fly in for the funeral – or visit me afterward. They can’t…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on July 2, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Learn to Ask for Help After Your Husband Dies

Q. How can I deal with all the details I must handle now that my husband is no longer here? He died three months ago, and I feel like I’m drowning. How do other women do it?…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on June 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Advice for Widows on Philanthropy

Q. I’m thinking of leaving some money in my will to the college I attended. When my husband was alive, we gave more to his alma mater than mine, and I want to make up for it. Should I let the school know about my plan?  Or is it enough to just mention the…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on May 5, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments

More Online Dating Tips for Widows, Part Two

Q. I’ve tried online dating on a variety of websites, but have never been interested in continuing to see someone after a first meeting for coffee or lunch. There hasn’t been any chemistry. Any advice? I had a very good marriage and my friends say my standards are too high.…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on April 9, 2014 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Ten Online Dating Tips for Widows, Part One

Q. I’m considering online dating for the first time since the death of my husband. I have no idea how or where to start. Can you give me some direction?

First, select a dating…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on March 10, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Help Another Widow

Q. My friend’s husband died several months ago, and she’s having a very hard time. She’s on the verge of becoming a recluse and won’t consider a bereavement group or counseling. How can I help her? I’m a widow myself, but I’ve tried everything I can think…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on January 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Widow's Dilemma: Should I Ask About a Potential Partner's Health Status?

Q. My husband was very sick for years before he died. Although I loved him dearly, I’m now ready for a new relationship. But I’m not willing to be a nurse again. I recently met someone and want to know about the state of…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on January 6, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

A Widow Asks: What Constitutes Emotional Cheating?

Q. My husband suffered with on-and-off mental health problems in the two years before he died, and our life was very difficult. He refused to seek help despite my pleading, and he lost interest in everything except sex. During that period, I received a holiday greetings email from a former boss of mine, who was 20 years older than I. He had been a mentor, always very kind, and we began to exchange emails. Because he was someone I could trust, I wound…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on December 5, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why Widows Need Their Own Bereavement Groups

Q. My husband recently died after a long illness, and I’d like to join a bereavement group. I have a choice between a group that meets nearby, which is for people who have lost any family member — and a group that’s further away, but is solely for widows and widowers. Does it really matter if I opt for convenience?

 

Yes, it does. The “general” bereavement group is likely to include many people who have lost elderly parents, siblings or other…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on November 21, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

After Your Mate Dies: Decisions, Decisions

Q. Do you know how many widows work after the death of their husbands?  I’m curious because I’ve been widowed for eight months and find my job keeps me going. What are the experiences of other widows?

I haven’t found any statistics, except for some that go back to the 1950s…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on November 8, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why widows benefit from making new friends



Q: I’ve heard that it’s important to make new friends after you’re widowed. Why is that so and what’s your advice on meeting new people?

A: Your friends are more important than ever after your husband dies, providing emotional and social support that helps you negotiate the grieving process and get back on your feet. They know who you are and who your mate was — no explanations necessary. They know your history and share memories that comfort and…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on September 19, 2013 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Visiting Your Spouse's Grave

Q. How often do widows visit the cemetery? I go to my husband’s grave, which is a 90 minute drive from my home, only once a year. I wonder whether others in my position visit  more often.

 

It’s only human to ask, “Am I doing the right thing?” However, frequency of cemetery…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on August 15, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Entertaining for the First Time as a Widow

Q. My late husband and I used to invite friends over for dinner occasionally, but I haven’t “entertained” since he died. Part of me wants to try it, but the rest of me feels overwhelmed at the thought. Any suggestions?

 

First realize that it’s natural to feel daunted. You’re no longer part of a couple, and everything is different. Yet you’ve somehow handled many new situations since your husband’s death. Entertaining solo is just another step forward in…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on July 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Perpetual Care for Husband's Grave

Q. I want to arrange for perpetual care for my late husband’s grave, but am not quite sure what’s involved, how to proceed, and how much it will cost. Also, what’s the difference between perpetual care and a permanent maintenance fund? 

 

Most states require cemeteries regulated by the state to establish a permanent endowed fund for cemetery maintenance. The principal cannot be withdrawn from the fund; but the income derived pays for annual upkeep—services…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on June 13, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Choosing an Inscription for Spouse's Gravestone

Q. My husband died recently and I’m thinking about what should be written on his stone. Are there any rules to follow—or any caveats? I don’t want to look back a few years from now and think “Why on earth did I pick those words?”

 

You’re talking about an “epitaph,” a commemorative inscription on a gravestone. The format usually includes the deceased’s name and date of birth and death:

 

Thomas Jones…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on May 28, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Sorting Through Your Spouse's Belongings

Q. My husband died 10 months ago and I still haven’t cleared out his closet and bureau. I can’t say when I’ll be ready to do it, but it certainly isn’t now. Is there something wrong with me? Also, what do I do with his belongings when I am ready?  

 

A bewildering number of tasks fall on a widow’s shoulders, but one of the most daunting is emptying your mate’s drawers and disposing of his clothes and other personal effects. I know of one widow who tackled the…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on April 25, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Handling Insensitive Remarks: Advice for Widows

Q. How can you respond to people who say dumb things to you after your husband has died? A woman I barely know called two days after I was widowed and said, “Don’t worry. You’re going to be just fine.” I felt so angry at her. How could she possibly know what I was going through and what my life ahead would be like? I just bit my tongue and said nothing, but it’s aggravated me ever since. Is there a better way to cope with such statements?

 

I think you…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on March 22, 2013 at 10:35am — 2 Comments

Widow at a Party

Q.  I’m invited to a big party and have mixed feelings about attending. Part of me wants to attend, but I’m also afraid I won’t fit in. My husband died four months ago and this is my first big social event that isn’t strictly family. I’m worried about what to say and whether to mention that I’m a widow. Any…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on February 12, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Selling the House After Your Spouse Dies

Q. I’m thinking about selling my house, but I’ve heard that a widow should wait a year before doing so. Why is that time frame important?

 

After your mate dies, you’re likely to be numb, in shock, and barely able to put one foot in front of the other. This state gradually begins to ease for most of us, but it isn’t a straight line. There are…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on January 21, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Health Concerns for Widows

Q. I’ve heard that a woman’s risk for health problems increases after her husband dies. I didn’t know that. What are the most important issues I should be aware of as a widow?

 

Many studies show that losing your mate affects your own health. Most recently, a 2011 study at the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center found that widows had a 47%…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on January 2, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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