Nearly a million women are widowed each year in the United States. Hardly anyone is prepared for the days, months, and years that follow the loss.
New widows grieve, but they also battle psychological, spiritual, and social upheaval from all directions. From discovering a new identity to finding different ways to relate to old friends, life becomes unfamiliar. Practical changesboth legal and financialare inevitable. Just as theres no simple prescription that makes grief disappear, there is no clear way to address all the challenges widows face.