The loss of a spouse or partner is one of the most heartbreaking and life-altering experiences that anyone can go through. For widowed parents, the journey after the loss of their partner can be especially tough. Not only are you navigating the emotional impact of your loss but also the practical and financial challenges of parenting alone. But help is on hand.
There is support, both financial and otherwise, available in the UK to help widowed parents cope with the challenges they are facing following the loss of their partner. Here are some avenues to explore…
Finding support with others in the same situation as you can be invaluable in helping you navigate the emotional, financial and practical challenges ahead of you. You’ll find groups specifically for people in the same situation as you on the app, as well as plenty of support from all the single parents in our frolo community. frolo.com/community
Financial help can be a real life saver and the Widowed Parent's Allowance (WPA) is a financial benefit available to widowed parents in the UK. To be eligible parents must be under State Pension age, have a dependent child, and their spouse or civil partner must have paid National Insurance contributions. This allowance for widowed parents provides financial support for up to 52 weeks after the death of a spouse or civil partner, and the amount received will depend on the parent's circumstances. gov.uk/widowed-parents-allowance
Child Benefit is available to all parents as it is a universal benefit in the UK. It is paid to the parent or guardian responsible for a child under the age of 16 (or under 20 if they are in full-time education or training). Widowed parents in the UK are entitled to the same Child Benefit as any other parent. gov.uk/child-benefit
The Bereavement Support Payment is available to widowed parents who have dependent children and have lost their spouse or civil partner in the UK. The payment is made up of an initial lump sum payment plus ongoing monthly payments and the amount received will depend on the parent's circumstances. gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment
Finding local support groups can be a valuable source of emotional support for widowed parents. Having a safe space for parents to share their experiences and connect with others can make you feel less alone when you’re at your lowest. Check out the Widowed and Young (WAY) Foundation. widowedandyoung.org.uk
Of course, you may want to consider professional support via a therapist to get you through this challenging time, as well as for your children. counselling-directory.org.uk