‘We’re in this together. It’s okay, to be honest. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to say you’re stuck, or that you’re haunted, or that you can’t begin to let go. We can all relate to those things. Screw the stigma that says otherwise. Break the silence and break the cycle, for you are more than just your pain. You are not alone. And people need other people’. (Janice Tworkowski).
We need to break the cycle of widowed persons suffering in silence. That’s what we’ve made them do all this while, enduring pain in silence, portraying that as strength. On the contrary, we have been killing them by muting their voices. To be in pain and voice it out makes us human. At any point in one’s life is the need to connect with people who do not only understand our pain but can help us recover. We are born alone and we die alone. The only point of connectivity is with family and friends. For a widowed person, the dead spouse had been the beginning of their own family, and losing them is a very big blow.
We need to end the stigma that disallows them to voice out their pain. In some societies, widowed persons are not allowed to contribute to social issues because they are seen as incomplete. It’s normal to cry, it’s normal to feel the emptiness of losing a loved one but in all let’s encourage them that losing a spouse does not mean losing yourself. Life still continues and life is better when they are made to understand the impact of people in their lives apart from their dead spouse.
Throughout our interactions with widowed persons, our message is very clear; they are not alone. This January, our message to them is this because the feeling of loneliness can generate the feeling of not valuing one’s life anymore and we cannot lose them to that thought.
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