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Coping with the Loss of a Spouse

Coping with the loss of a spouse is often one of the difficult challenges in life, whether the spouse dies in middle age, old age or somewhere in between. The surviving spouse, now a widow or widower, faces many challenges in coming to terms with a life without their friend and partner. This section offers helpful resources for coping with the loss of a spouse.
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How to Cope After the Death of Your Spouse
An article offering tips and suggestions for coping after the death of your spouse from About's Guides to Marriage, Sheri & Bob Stritof.
Cope with Life's Challenges
Following a loss, death, tragic event or major life challenge, it may be difficult to remember to take care for oneself. Focusing on the basis survival needs for the body--remembering to eat, sleep and exercise--is especially needed initially after a life changing event. This short list provides basic, healthy coping strategies to keep you moving during the first few days.
Coping with the Death of A Spouse
From About's Guides to Marriage, Sheri & Bob Stritof with suggestions for rebuilding your life after you've lost your spouse.
Cope with Challenges beyond the Basics
Following a loss, death, tragic event or major life challenge, it may be difficult to remember to take care for oneself. After making it through the first few days just focusing on the basics, the grieving person may need some helpful suggestions to keep going. This short list provides additional coping strategies to keep you moving beyond first few days.
Remembering Those Who Have Died
There are many ways to remember a loved one at Christmas or during the holiday season. This list includes some of the best suggestions and recommendations, in no particular order.
Widower Starting Dating Again
About's Guide to Senior Living, Sharon O'Brien, offers some helpful advice for widowers (and widows) interested in starting dating after the death of their spouse.
Resources for Widows & Widowers
A section on resources for Widows and Widowers to help in dealing with grief, death and dying from About's Guides to Marriage, Sheri & Bob Stritof.
Widowed Mother Discovers Learning Eased Her Loss
About's Guide to Adult/Continuing Education, Kimeiko Hotta Dover looks at a unique way that one widowed mother of two found for coping with the loss of her husband. She returned to school and discovered that learning helped to ease her loss.
Remember Those Who Died - Remembrance Day Sunday - Veterans Day
World War I ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, November 11th, 1918 on Armistice Day. Different countries observe Remembrance Day, Remembrance Sunday or Veterans Day as ways of commemorating the end of World War I. The United States honors all of their Veterans in November and their war dead in May.
Dating Advice for Seniors
Dating advice for seniors in general is the topic of this helpful article from About's Guide to Senior Living, Sharon O'Brien.
Frequently Asked Questions for Widows and Widowers
About's Guides to Marriage, Sheri & Bob Stritof answer questions on what to do after a spouse dies, how to help a good friend cope, and who to contact after the death of a spouse.
Dating and Remarrying After the Death of Your Spouse
From the website for Second Weddings and Second Marriages, I Do Take Two, an article for widows and widowers looking at dating and remarriage after the death of a spouse.
Young Widows - A Resource for Young Widows and Widowers
YoungWidow is dedicated to young widows and widowers. It provides a forum for young widows and widowers to connect online.
WidowNet - Information and Resources for Widows and Widowers
WidowNet is one of the earliest self-help resource that provides information and support for, and by, widows and widowers.
National Society of Military Widows
The National Society of Military Widows is a non-profit organization that serves the interests of women whose husbands died while on active military duty, of a service-connected illness, or during disability or regular retirement from the armed forces.
10 Step Guide to Marrying a Widower or Widow
This article provides a guide to some of the things to consider when marrying a widower or widow provided by the website for Second Weddings and Second Marriages, I Do Take Two.
Love You Mean It - Widows of the 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks
This true story was written by four widows of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks was released for the 5th anniversary of the tragedy. This book is a moving tribute to the memory of their husbands and a realization that despite tragedy life goes on.
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