You will have to struggle through many “firsts” without your partner by your side – from your first Christmas to your first birthday on your own.
“It’s when the drama is over and you face the grey mudflats of the future that the real widowhood begins...
Other WAY members can be an invaluable source of advice and support as you venture back into the dating world.
Others might never feel like falling in love again after they've been widowed.
WAY has events and gatherings across the country – giving members the chance to meet up with other people who understand exactly what you’re going through.
It’s often really helpful to meet with people who are not in couples – especially at the weekends, which can be especially hard when you’re on your own.
But then along comes the first anniversary like an enormous boulder to rub salt into the wound that is probably just beginning to heal.
And as you tip into the second year, the daily grind can be even more difficult to bear –making you even more painfully aware of how much your miss your partner being around. But slowly, imperceptibly, each day will start to get a little bit easier.