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.
© Many Faces of Cheri G 2019