We’ve been asked in the past why we included the word ‘widow‘ in the name of our organisation, implying that it’s a terrible word that our members wouldn’t want to association with… well, sorry to tell you, but it’s hard to get around it!
First of all – when we all found ourselves in this club that no one wants to join and went searching online for resources, the word ‘widow’ is what we had to type into google! Considering that our goal is to find and help widowed people, it seemed like a pretty straight forward choice.
But secondly, and most importantly, we don’t believe that the word ‘widow’ is something to be ashamed of or hide from. Of course no one would actually CHOOSE to be a widow, it’s not a title you seek or strive for. But in our experience, widowed people are some of the strongest, bravest, most empathetic, beautiful and inspirational people we’ve ever met.
To us, the word widow represents being thrown into the depths of hell and coming out the other side. It represents strength like you wouldn’t believe and it also tells the world that we’ve loved and been loved and that love didn’t end. We’re not ‘single’, we’re widowed. And we’re not ashamed of that title.