St Nic's coffee morning again (is it really a week since the last one?!)
Today's charity was the local branch of the National Association of Widows. To be honest, I didn't know this existed, but what a lovely idea. I wish I'd known about this earlier so I could have recommended it to various people I know who've lost their husbands.
Instead of a jumble sale (and the associated punching and elbowing), there was a tombola this morning where I bought a ticket and won a Christmassy gift!!
Widowhood has been described as the single most common personal catastrophe. This catastrophe is a bereavement which affects women physically and socially as well as emotionally.
The National Association of Widows was founded in 1971 by June Hermer, who was herself a widow, in order to give ALL WIDOWS the specialist information, advice and support they needed.
If you are a widow you may find that you need:
the chance to contact other widows
someone to listen to without being judgmental
company and the chance for a better social life
help with practical matters
We are the only national self help organisation that offers comfort, friendship, and a listening ear as long as is needed.
Our local branches provide
the companionship of other widows
support to all members especially in times of difficulty or distress.
We also offer the hand of friendship through our national membership plus free pen club.
If you are a younger widow you can benefit from our "Younger Widows Contact List" which puts widows up to the age of 50 in contact with one another nationally.
Free confidential advice and information is given from our local Advisory Service (in conjunction with our sister charity The Widows Advisory Trust)
We know that becoming a widow is a devastating experience. We understand how adjusting to life without a partner is a slow and painful process; because we understand we are able to foster strength and a sense of purpose in women who feel that they have lost their future after the death of their partner.
And because the National Association is a self-help organisation we encourage widows to learn to grow in self confidence, to develop new skills as well as new friendships; to help in running local branches and in the policy making of the Association.