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12 WAYs of Christmas

Dec 2023

Some of our members will be sharing their tips and how they cope with grief and loss during the holidays in our #12WAYsOfChristmas. We will be sharing them daily on our social media pages from 20 Dece…

Tips from WAY members for coping with grief over the Christmas period

Dec 2023

We know how difficult Christmas can be for people who have been widowed young. As everyone around you is celebrating the festive period, we understand that no matter how many days, months or years you…

Sarah’s story – facing her first Christmas after her husband died

Dec 2023

This will be Sarah’s first Christmas and New Year without Glynn, who died on 3 March 2023. This time last year, Glynn was in and out of hospital before being discharged on New Year’s Eve: “It was such…

From WAY members with love this Christmas

Dec 2023

WAY volunteer Tracey shares the story of how WAY Widowed and Young’s Secret Santa initiative came about – this year she is organising for more than 170 gifts to be sent out...

Corporate support: announcing a new partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Dec 2023

We are really pleased to be announcing another exciting partnership this month, this time with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, who have been supporting WAY with fundraising and legal advice over the past f…

Why I'm so passionate about supporting WAY: Louise, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Dec 2023

Senior Associate Solicitor Louise Forsyth from Irwin Mitchell explains why she is so passionate about supporting WAY….

We need your votes to help WAY win a donation!

Nov 2023

This December, you can help WAY Widowed and Young receive a donation without spending a penny. Find out how...

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.

WAY Forward goes digital

Nov 2023

Log in to our new Members Hub as soon as possible if you want to continue to receive your printed issue of WAY Forward by post in future.

Emma's Story: Supporting Children

Nov 2023

WAY member and ex-primary school deputy headteacher Emma Marfleet shared her story during Children's Grief Awareness Week and how she is helping her children maintain an ongoing relationship with thei…

Blank Space: Kelly’s fight for equality

Nov 2023

It was a few days after her fiancé Jordan’s funeral that former WAY member Kelly found out she was pregnant. Jordan had gone for a night out in Retford in Nottinghamshire with friends when he was atta…

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…

Celebrating Diwali: Finding light in the darkness

Nov 2023

WAY member Shalini explains how her Indian heritage and her Hindu faith have affected her bereavement journey since her husband died – and she shares how she will be celebrating Diwali this year by lo…

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...

World Menopause Day: Landmark opportunity inspired WAY member’s short story on menopause

Oct 2023

When writer Cath Holland’s husband Andy died of bowel cancer in 2019, she wasn’t able to write her own stories at first. So when Cath saw that WAY was offering members an opportunity to stay in a Land…

Mental Health Awareness: Aimee's Story

Oct 2023

Eight years after her partner Marky died, WAY Widowed and Young member Aimee shares how she overcame agoraphobia and anxiety to find a new way forward, with support from her WAY friends.

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.

WAY is the only national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died.

It’s a club that nobody wants to be eligible to join, but we are so glad that our members find us. We are a place for people who have experienced an untimely loss to understand and have compassion for those experiencing the same. Quite simply, to be able to say: “I know”.

Our service offers a peer-to-peer support group operating with a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.