Bereavement Support

Bereavement charities partner to provide full circle support

Nov 2023

We are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership between WAY Widowed and Young and the child bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish

Navigating grief together: A mother and daughter’s journey

Nov 2023

We talk to WAY’s National Volunteer Manager Veronica, whose husband Wullie died unexpectedly from a heart attack seven years ago, and her daughter Becca, now 18.

Tips from WAY members for Autumn

Oct 2023

Members shared practical advice about light timers, radio or podcasts to ease the feeling of loneliness, being easy on yourself, and how setting a project has helped them through the Autumn months wh…

Accessing our Members Hub

Oct 2023

Have you logged onto WAY’s new Members Hub yet to make sure you’re making the most of your membership? Find support here...

Advice for looking after your mental health from a WAY Ambassador

Oct 2023

Did you know 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem each year. That could be a family member, a friend, a colleague, or it could be you. WAY Ambassador Norman Smart shares his advice for…

World Mental Health Day: tips for looking after your mental health

Oct 2023

On World Mental Health Day (10 October 2023), we are sharing tips from WAY members and supporters for looking after your mental health following the death of a partner.

Advice on dating as a young widow or widower

Sept 2023

We were asked to share our tips for dating after being widowed young. Read them here...

Reflecting on grief: Marking a year since the death of Her Majesty the Queen

Sept 2023

To mark the anniversary of the death of the Queen, we are sharing some advice about how to support someone who has been bereaved.

Returning to work after bereavement: Helpful tips

Aug 2023

We asked members of the WAY Widowed and Young community to share their tips about returning to work after a bereavement. Here are some of their words of advice.

Coping with Father's Day: WAY members share their tips

Jun 2023

This weekend brings us one of the days that many who are widowed dread. Whether you are being a sole parent, bringing up a child without their dad or you didn’t have children, the WAY community is her…

Carers Week: Finding a web of support

Jun 2023

To mark Carers Week (5-11 June), charity consultant widowed dad Josh Cass writes about how he coped as a carer for his wife when she was ill with cancer, thanks to a web of support from friends and fa…

Dying Matters: death, dying and grief in the workplace

May 2023

We are supporting Hospice UK’s #DyingMatters campaign. During Dying Matters Awareness Week, they are encouraging everyone to come together to talk about death, dying and grief in the workplace.

Member tips for coping with Mother's Day

Mar 2023

This weekend brings us one of the days that many who are widowed dread. Whether you are being a sole parent, bringing up a child without their mum or you didn’t have children, the WAY community is her…

Tips from WAY members for coping with Valentine's Day

Feb 2023

Valentine’s Day can be tough when you’ve been widowed. Some of our members have shared tips on how they have coped with this difficult date.

Safer Internet Day: Keeping safe online

Feb 2023

To mark Safer Internet Day, WAY Trustee Louise Dodds shares some tips on how to stay safe online.

Parents Mental Health Day

Jan 2023

We asked: ‘What tip would you give to other parents about what helps your mental health as you navigate bereavement?' and we’ve collated just some of the amazing responses.

Beating Blue Monday

Jan 2023

January can be especially hard for grievers, with all the focus on new starts and a new year that we are acutely aware our loved one is not a part of.

Coping with Christmas: Tips from WAY members

Dec 2022

Christmas is a tough time of year when you're grieving and one of our members, Jane, decided to set up a Christmas subgroup to help WAY members get through the festive season. We also have some tips f…

WAY's Memorial Fund offers much-needed support

Nov 2022

Scott joined WAY in early 2020 through the memorial fund. At the time Scott was living below the bread line and was finding it a struggle to juggle feeding and clothing his son with the cost of electr…

Carers' Rights Day 2022

Nov 2022

Many WAY members have been the main carer for their partner in the latter stages of their life. In this guest blog post, WAY member and Clinical Psychologist Jason Spendelow explains how bereaved care…

Unfortunately, there’s no guide book for grief. Everyone is different, and no two people will experience grieving in the same way. From numbness to anger, from disbelief to guilt, there’s no set pattern to the grieving process, especially when you’ve been widowed at a young age.