Today is International Widow's Day – June 23. Women are way more likely than men to experience the death of their partner and not surprisingly, this can severely impact on their physical and mental well-being.
An article by Dr Anna Pedrosa Carrasco in the European Association for Palliative Care Blog explains that for palliative care workers, supporting the family is a key responsibility and that this support should also extend into bereavement. Often women are put in a precarious position after the loss of a partner and are at greater risk of complicated grief if they were heavily dependant.
The good news to take from her research, Dr Carrasco says, is that women usually benefit from having broader social networks and these engagements will help facilitate a new place for them in society as a widow.
Read the full version of her article here.