Members' Stories

Walking this WAY: Ed's Story

May 2024

WAY member Ed has walked hundreds of miles and raised more than £10,000 for WAY since his wife died. With more fundraising challenges in store in 2024, Ed shares how walking and WAY have helped...

Dad and husband: Pete's Story

Mar 2024

My journey and what brought me into what I do now as CEO/Founder of the charity Mummy’s Star, began back in mid-2012 when my wife Mair and I learnt that we were to become parents again...

Darren's Story

Dec 2023

WAY member Darren’s husband Chris died in January after suffering a brain aneurysm. The 44-year-old from Sheffield explains how he has navigated the past 11 months without Chris….

Reflecting on Remembrance Day: Matthew’s story

Nov 2023

WAY member Matthew, who’s a serving Navy officer and member of the WAY military subgroup, reflects on how he has navigated many difficult firsts since his wife and stepdaughter died – and how he’s pla…

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…

Suicide Awareness: Griffyn’s story

Sept 2023

We share the story of Griffyn, a member of WAY’s LGBTQIA+ community and WAY volunteer, whose husband ended his own life in 2021.

Steven's Story

Jun 2023

Ahead of Father’s Day, Wirral-based WAY member Steven shares his story…

Gavin’s Story: Coping with Father’s Day as a widowed dad

Jun 2023

As Father’s Day approaches, Gavin reflects on his experiences and how he’s coped with his own grief while raising his 8-year-old son, Magnus.

Rob shares his story for Men's Health Week

Jun 2023

WAY volunteer Rob shares how the online world helped him to make new friends and stay connected after his wife died for Men's Health Week.

Men’s Health Week: how the Internet is helping young widowed people stay connected

Jun 2023

To mark this year’s Men’s Health Week, which turns the spotlight on men and the Internet, WAY Ambassador Norman Smart shares how going online has helped him to stay connected through the pandemic and …

Ian's Story: Challenging National Insurance discrimination

Apr 2023

When he was widowed to Covid-19 in 2020, WAY volunteer Ian from Coventry was shocked to hear that his family wasn’t entitled to Bereavement Support Payments either, because – like Suzzi – his wife had…

Standing up to discrimination: Daniel's Story

Apr 2023

In September 2022, WAY member Daniel won a landmark High Court victory that could help dozens more widowed people claim Bereavement Support Payments in future… 

"Will there be other people like us?" - Pete's Story

Mar 2023

When Pete's first WAY Forward newsletter fell onto the doormat, the PGL weekend in February immediately piqued his interest.

Celebrating campaign success: Pete's Story

Jan 2023

WAY member Pete Bailey has been campaigning to extend bereavement support to cohabiting couples since his partner died in 2010, when the couple’s youngest son was just six weeks old. Their boys are no…

Jonathan's Story: Volunteering for WAY

Dec 2022

On International Volunteer Day and we would like to say an enormous thank you to our volunteers; they do an incredible job supporting our 4500+ members across the UK and they make such a huge differen…

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…

International Men's Day: Ric's Story

Nov 2022

The theme of International Men’s Day this year is “helping men and boys”. This date in the calendar is an opportunity to highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being.

International Men’s Day: Ben's Story

Nov 2022

The theme of International Men’s Day this year is “helping men and boys”. This date in the calendar is an opportunity to highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being. We want…

David's Story

Jun 2022

On Father's Day, we wanted to share WAY Widowed and Young member David's story about coping as a widowed dad.

Ric Hart's Story

Jun 2022

In the run up to Father's Day, we wanted to share WAY Widowed and Young member Ric's story about coping as a widowed dad. He also helps to share some of his tips and advice for coping as a widower.

You don't have to face widowhood alone.

If you've lost your partner before your 51st birthday and live in the UK – whether you were married or not, with or without children, whatever your sexual orientation, race or religion – you are welcome to join us.

Joining up to WAY takes minutes and costs just £25 a year, which can be paid either by direct debit or PayPal.

“I will always remain a member of WAY as I know that my membership helps WAY to continue to support other members and reach out to new members.

Since WAY has made such a difference to me after being widowed young, I want to do all that I can to help that support continue” - WAY member, Jenny