International Widows Day

It is challenging to be a widow, and it is even harder to have enough money to support themselves. Widows have to find a way to get by and often do not receive help from others. It depends mainly on where widows live, but those who are not in this situation must learn about their reality on International Widows Day.

June 23rd is the day to acknowledge widows worldwide, especially in developing countries as it is International Widows Day. Widows in developing countries face poverty and require the help of first-world countries. However, even widows that live in first-world countries do not end up making ends meet easily. Especially if they are in the retirement age. Not everyone has a pension or savings that they could develop while they were employed during their productive years. What happens with that? They end up relying on their children if they have children that are adults and/or functional.

The other thing is even widows who have families may not live near them or may not be on speaking terms with them which causes plenty of issues for the widow. Not only does the widow grieve for their deceased spouse. However, they also deal with plenty of loneliness and struggle financially.

Widows are also often forgotten because of the fact that society forgets about them. Unfortunately, there is social stigmatization that is attached to widowhood. These women who lost their husbands are overlooked, even more so men that lost their wives (or partners for either). The stigmatization makes widowhood even harder.

The History Of International Widows Day

The Loomba Foundation was what established International Widows Day. The mother, Shrimati Pushpa Wati of the foundation’s founder, Lord Loomba became a widow on June 23rd, 1954. That is when she found how difficult it was to navigate life being a widow and was shunned by society. Then in 2005, the first International Widows Day took place on June 23rd to raise awareness about the suffering that widows endure and to bring awareness over that as well. Therefore, families and friends of widows must not forget about them and must include them in their daily lives, and provide them with the support they need.

How To Acknowledge International Widows Day

Do you know a widow? Is there one in your family? Reach out to them, and donate to charities for widows in developing countries. Spread awareness about the realities of how difficult it is to be a widow in today’s society. Don’t forget to use #InternartionalWidowsDay in the post.

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