International Widows Day 2019

I’ve spoken for a few years now about National Widows Day but I should also acknowledge International Widows Day. Started by the United Nations, June 23rd is meant to raise awareness about the struggles Widows and their families face in countries around the world, especially those in Thors World areas.

My late husband, A, passed away without life insurance. He was 50 years old, in relatively good health, and we always expected to have “more time” to get it. (Famous last words – I’ve learned the hard way not to wait for anything as none of know how much time we have…)

When my father had passed away almost two decades earlier, we purchased life insurance in a reactionary response, stating we didn’t want our family to suffer financially if something were to happen to either one of us. Time passed and life happened and the arrogance of youth prevailed, and unless life insurance was offered as part of an employment package, neither of us carried it anymore.

Since his death, things financially have not been easy; sometimes they’ve been downright difficult. But with stubbornness, luck, and a bit of help from loved ones, I’ve endured. My children and I have never been without food or a roof over our heads, or been afraid for our lives.

The same cannot be said for widows in other countries. They live in poverty and fear and are often victims of violence. Some are disowned by families and find themselves forced to beg or prostitute themselves to provide for themselves and their children.

So today while you go about your day, think of these widows who may be struggling to keep their families together while mourning the loss of their husbands. Say a prayer of thanks for all that you have. And reach out (again) to anyone you may know who is in a similar (or entirely different) situation of widowhood.

Don’t let them (us) be forgotten.

xoxo

Cheri G

© Many Faces of Cheri G 2019

2 thoughts on “International Widows Day 2019

  1. My husband died almost 2 years ago and still haven’t cried yet he worked for target and they can canceled his life insurance policy 2 months before he died luckily he was in the military and his burial was covered but still they cancelled it it would have helped I have to work 6 days a week to get enough just to cover the bills there’s always something against me

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    1. Jacky, my heart goes out to you. Widowhood isn’t easy under the best of circumstances. When financial instability comes into play, it can seem an insurmountable situation. Having lived through it, I completely understand what you’re going through.

      On another note, that you haven’t cried for 2 years concerns me. There is a condition called “complicated grief” I learned of during my grieving process and research about grief. Please consider seeing a professional therapist, or getting involved in a grief support group. I believe you would benefit from talking to others who may provide some additional resources for you.

      My best to you. Praying that your situation improves.

      Cheri G

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