Life After Loss: 12 Women on Being a Young Widow

young widow storiesWhen my husband and I got married, we made the traditional vow to love each other until death do us part. I suspect that all of us who make that vow hope that we'll have decades together before one of us passes away. Personally, I'm hoping to go out Notebook-style, with my husband and I holding hands at the very end. 

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But sometimes, couples don't get as much time together as they'd hope or plan for. While we often think of widows as being older women, surrounded by children and grandchildren, it's heartbreaking to think that anyone can lose a spouse.

For young widows, loss is often accompanied by the challenges of becoming a single mom, dealing with financial hardship, and trying to navigate the waters of dating again. 

We talked to 12 women who were widowed in their 20s and 30s to find out what lessons they've learned following the loss of their husband. Read on for good advice and surprising second acts. 
 

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