International Widows Day: June 23rd

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Happy Wednesday! Eleanor and I are on a mid-week vacation, but rather than skipping our post altogether we wanted to use this as an opportunity to raise awareness about an important issue and a wonderful group working to address it.  June 23rd is International Widows Day.  Many of us in developed nations are unaware of the terrible cultural discrimination against widows that takes place around the world.  In 2009 the Loomba Foundation commissioned a study to explore issues around widowhood. The findings were collected in a book,  ‘Invisible Forgotten Sufferers: The Plight of Widows Around the World’, which was presented to the UN in 2010.  On December 22, 2010, the United Nations 65th General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution to establish June 23rd International Widows Day.  This day is an annual, global day of action to raise awareness about the cultural discrimination of widows.

There is a John Holmes quote that says, “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”   We see time and time again that those of us who have lost someone find comfort in helping others.  If you have found yourself, in your grief, seeking to help others please consider learning more about widow discrimination, the Loomba Foundation, and ways that you can raise awareness about this important issue.  We suffer as greivers and have the power to help others who suffer.  In the famous words of Gandhi, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

We have included some powerful videos, as well as a link to the Loomba Foundation website.

https://theloombafoundation.org/home/

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  1. Maria  June 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

    To the millions of widows in the world. Please know that even though we do not have our wonderful husbands at our sides and in our lives and homes. We always have GOD. Please continue to pray for the souls of our wonderful departed husbands and hope they will be our angels.
    I lost my dear angel and the love of m life but He is with me always.
    “Those in true marriage love are not separated by the death of one because the spirit of the deceased dwells continually with the spirit of the one not yet deceased, until the later dies, they are reunited and love each other more tenderly than before because in the spiritual world” Swedenborg

  2. Maria  June 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm Reply

    To the millions of widows in the world. Please know that even though we do not have our wonderful husbands at our sides and in our lives and homes. We always have GOD. Please continue to pray for the souls of our wonderful departed husbands and hope they will be our angels.
    I lost my dear angel and the love of m life. He is with me always.
    “Those in true marriage love are not separated by the death of one because the spirit of the deceased dwells continually with the spirit of the one not yet deceased, until the later dies, they are reunited and love each other more tenderly than before because in the spiritual world” Swedenborg

  3. griever  September 29, 2014 at 2:23 am Reply

    Well, I was hoping to find my original comment so I could update and/or find comfort with both it and the replies.

    Now there is a new “loss” thank you very much.

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