A  couple of weeks ago my friend Amy lost her husband. This makes the sixth friend in my life who has become a widow.  I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of losing the love of your life. It’s a club each of us hope we’ll never have membership in…particularly in the prime years of life and marriage.

My friend Robyn was widowed twice within four years. Yes, you read that right. That’s a lot of loss. Robyn’s story is an incredible one for sure and you can read about it in her book, The Widow Wore Pink.

When learning about Amy’s husband’s death, Robyn sent me the resource below and I found it so helpful. I asked her if I could share it with you and she said yes!

I had already done some of the things she suggests. As I sat waiting for the funeral to start, I recorded Amy’s husband’s birthday, their wedding anniversary, and the date of his death as a recurring event on my electronic calendar on my phone. This way I can remember those dates that will be particularly hard for Amy and do my best to reach out to her and let her know she’s being prayed for and thought of…she’s not alone in remembering. We talk about some of these strategies in our Better Together book, as well.

If you know someone who’s lost a loved one…may you and I take Robyn’s hard-earned wisdom and love them well in their loss.

Download: 10 Ways to Stand by a Widow

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