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Emily D for Change - Young Widows

Updated: Sep 3, 2020


In the second series of Emily D for Change, Emily, together with her friend Charlotte Paul, invites seven young widows to share their stories of experiencing the loss of their spouses. Sharing the intimate details of such a loss is two-fold - to help other young widows feel less alone and to give us a window into their grief as a way to understand the journey of losing someone we love.

In one of the stories, Shannon, mentioned how a stranger reached out to her when they saw a Facebook post announcing her fiance's passing. This woman, a card-carrying member, of the Young Widows Club, collects members of friends of friends in need and creates a supportive community. Charlotte Paul, a member of this club asked Emily to feature her widow's group. Charlotte, a financial advisor, fiercely focused on supporting and shielding widows both personally and professionally from the overwhelm that sets in when the flowers have died and life returns.. to their new normal. Charlotte helps women find their new normal.

Emily's hope for the Emily D for Change series is for all of us to learn how to be kinder and gentler with both ourselves and others. Read their stories here, Charlotte, Alison, Janice, Alexie, Sarah, Shannon and Kena.

Emily D for Change reminds us that life is both so hard and so beautiful.


Each person's story and challenges are unique, but here are some resources that were shared with us and we want to share with you. Please contact us if you have any suggestions for us.

Grief counsellors: Andrea Warnick , Dr Jays Children's Grief Centre

Podcast: Terrible, Thanks for Asking.

Support groups: GRASP , The Dinner Party

Helpful books: Confessions of a Mediorce Widow: How I lost my Husband and my Sanity

Its Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool too),