Each person grieves in his or her own way and each parent faces their own specific
challenges. Yet, certain situations and experiences are common among
widowed parents. As shown in the videos below, there is often more than one way to
approach the same issue.
Going it Alone
The demands of being a widowed parent can feel relentless. You have more responsibilities
on your shoulders than ever before, yet you are likely physically exhausted and emotionally
drained. Adapting to these demands can be overwhelming, especially at first.
Traditions and Holidays
Deciding how to celebrate holidays and whether to continue family traditions can be
particularly challenging when children are involved. Should you maintain old customs?
Should you create new ones now that Mom or Dad is gone?
It’s Been a Year Now
The anniversary of the death of your loved one is likely etched in your mental calendar.
Yet, there is no roadmap for how to approach and mark that day. Here, several fathers
describe their experiences and what helped them get through that first anniversary.
The Wedding Ring Thing
Taking off your wedding ring can raise many questions: Is it too soon? What if I
still feel married? Will others notice? Does this signal that I’m ready to date
again? What will the kids think? How will my in-laws take it? Are they
still my in-laws?