Who Are The Widowed? What Do They Look Like? Where Are They?

 

I was at a church service one Sunday morning. A woman stood at the pulpit and spoke for a few minutes. She then proceeded to ask that folks stand up when she mentioned a person they knew.....and then she said:

 

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Please stand if you are a widow or widower

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If you are related to a widow or widower

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If you work with a widow or widower

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If you live near, or next door to a widow or widower

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If it is possible that someday you may become widowed.

(50% of all married couples will become widowed. Let that sink in)

When the ENTIRE congregation was standing, she asked than everyone please look around. She stated

“So this really does touch everyone’s life.” Everyone either knows one or will become one.

 

That woman is my friend and author of The Widow or Widower Next Door. Why did she ask them to stand when they recognized someone they knew? Why was she trying to make her point that everyone is, knows or will become a widow or widower?  Because “wids” are invisible, untouched, unmentioned, unrecognized and even unacknowledged.      Ruth Papalast a church service one Sunday morning. A woman stood at the pulpit and spoke for a few minutes. She then proceeded to ask that folks stand up when she mentioned a person they knew.

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Please stand if you are a widow.

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If you are related to a widow.

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If you work with a widow.

·        

If you lived near or next door to a widow.

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If it’s possible that someday you may become a widow.

        (50% of all married couples will become widowed.)

When the ENTIRE congregations was standing, she asked that everyone please look around. She stated, “So, this really does touch everyone’s life.” Everyone either knows one or will become one.

That woman is my friend and author of The Widow or Widower Next Door. (In the book, she shorted widow or widower to “wid.”)

Why did she ask them to stand when they recognized someone they knew? Why was she trying to make her point that everyone is, knows one or will become a widow? Because “wids” are invisible, untouched, unmentioned, unrecognized and even unacknowledged.

 

The average age of a widow is 59 ½.

Date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 15:00

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