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About widowed young support

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Whether your partner died recently or some time ago Care for the Family’s Widowed Young Support is here to listen and support you through your loss. Support is available to those aged 50 and younger, or over 50 if you still have dependent children. 

It is coordinated by Steve, who was widowed early in life, and everyone on the team knows personally what it feels like to lose their spouse or partner. We understand that people can respond in different ways to the death of a partner, and how the emotional, physical and spiritual impact runs very deep.

Steve Smart
Steve Smart

The good news is that you should never feel you have to try and cope on your own. Through Widowed Young Support we try to help open the way ahead, help you through the ups and downs, and share fresh hope and possibilities for the future.

We offer support in the following ways:

Telephone befriending

Peer support from someone who has ‘been there’ and understands. All our telephone befrienders have experienced the pain of loss first hand but have also begun the journey towards hope and rebuilding. Find out more.

Widowed Young Support events

Space and time away for those who are grieving to concentrate on rebuilding and facing the future with hope. Find out more.


Regular email newsletters with encouraging personal stories and helpful articles.
Sign up to receive the Widowed Young Support newsletter.

Read our most recent newsletter here.


Widowed Young Support

For all the latest updates and further support for those who have been widowed young, like our Widowed Young Support page on Facebook.

Steve and Paula’s story:

At Care for the Family we asked some people what others could do to help. In this clip some of our widowed young support befrienders illustrate what they said:

To find out more about Widowed Young Support call us on 029 2081 0800 or email us at

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