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Comment by Eowyn on February 6, 2011 at 6:12am
It was very different. There was a young widows group and I attended another group which was smaller, but being young and widowed wasn't 'normal' and it frightened people. I felt like something of a pioneer- luckily I found a great friend who was widowed a few months after me - a mutual friend whom I knew at work put her in touch with me "the expert."  We went to the groups together.  I went back to the therapist my husband and I had seen in the past, and whom we had decided to see again, having told him that my husband had died and his denial was so great that he asked how Les (my husband then) was doing and I had to explain the whole thing all over again which was kind of the way things were then in general. After 9-11 the idea of young widows became much more common.
Comment by Carol Scibelli on February 6, 2011 at 5:52am

Laura...so - it took me a while, but i figured it out...you were widowed at 35 and now you are 54...You're right about life being so different then...just the support and group dynamic and commardarie we all share here and at conferences were not at all available to you. Must have been so so so much more difficult...

Comment by Eowyn on February 6, 2011 at 5:47am
Dec. 1956. 1946 is the beginning of the boom. I would guess that we have had different periods of time since being widowed. I was widowed 19 years ago- so may be the 'oldest widow' in that sense. I know I was still coping with a lot of issues about sexism and what women should and shouldn't do when I was in college...things that most women in the U.S. don't contend with now....
Comment by Carol Scibelli on February 6, 2011 at 5:41am

I may be the old lady here...just turned 60 in July...luckily I was born

July 7, 1950...I say "luckily" because it's easy to do the math.

Comment by Patricia on February 5, 2011 at 10:06pm

November, 1956.  That sounds like such a long time ago.  Oops, I guess it was.

 

Comment by Susieg on February 5, 2011 at 4:37pm
September of 1953...who'da thought I would be alone at the ripe old age of 57?
Comment by whoami on February 5, 2011 at 4:30am
Just made it in this group. Born in November of 1959.
Comment by Eowyn on February 5, 2011 at 1:33am

1956- How does being a boomer interact with being widowed?

 

Comment by Jeanne on February 3, 2011 at 7:46pm
born in 1954!
Comment by Dianne in Nevada on January 31, 2011 at 10:56pm
Count me in ... born 5/17/51
 

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