When Widows Are Forgotten: A Guide for Widows and the People Near to Them

They are all around us, but widows can sometimes feel invisible and forgotten. They need help. This I know from experience. And this is what they (and you) should do.

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Prior to my husband’s death, I had an admittedly juvenile vision of what a widow looks like. When I closed my eyes and pictured a widow, two images came to mind. The first was a very old lady sitting in a rocking chair with a shawl around her shoulders. The second was an 18th century woman dressed in black wearing a large black bonnet and being referred to as the “Widow Jones.”

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Barbara Shapiro, CFP®, CDFA®, CeFT
President, HMS Financial Group

Barbara Shapiro is the President of HMS Financial Group located in Dedham, Mass. She is a CFP®, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and a Financial Transitionist®. She is also co-author of "He Said: She Said: A Practical Guide to Finance and Money During Divorce." Her firm specializes in comprehensive financial planning with a subspecialty in divorce that assists clients' transition from marriage to independence with peace of mind and confidence. Learn more at HMS-Financial.com.