Is It Time To Donate Your Late Spouse’s Personal Effects?

closet full of clothes

Next to actually losing a spouse or loved one, one of the toughest things you can go through is getting rid of the personal effects.


When is the appropriate time to get rid of the personal effects of a deceased loved one? That question plagued me for a couple of years. I spent a lot of time online researching the answer, only to discover there is no real answer.

I’ve heard and read of many who literally boxed up all clothing and mementos immediately after the funeral and got rid of them. There are just as many, however, who take many years before they consider getting rid of personal effects.… More

5 Tips For Beating Loneliness After Losing a Spouse

Man alone along shore

Sitting at home suffering from loneliness is not natural. Human beings are social animals.


After losing my wife, one of the biggest challenges that I faced was dealing with loneliness. I was 51 years old, and to tell you the truth, I had never been alone. I didn’t like it and still don’t.

I lived with my parents until I went away from college. Lived with a roommate in the college dorm. Eventually, I met my wife, got married, and moved into an apartment. Shortly after that, I joined the Navy where I spent 20 years. Ten of those years were at sea living with upwards of 100 other men in one berthing.… More

Welcome to Surviving Widowhood

My name is Wes Gibson. I’ve been a widower for four very long and tough years. After losing my wife of 31 years to diabetes and heart disease, I was lost. While it was easy to find support groups, friends and family to talk with, and grief counseling, I still found myself lost. Not lost emotionally, but in transitioning from a life of being married to that of being single.

My wife had been paying all the bills for the past 31 years. Where did she keep everything? What needed to be paid and when?

My wife was an outstanding cook and fed me well.… More