Widowed Wellness

Widowed Wellness Programs of Idaho, Inc.

“Grief Shared is Grief Diminished”

Are you a widowed person, male or female, young or not so young?

Are you recently widowed or have you been widowed for a long while?

The CSI Office on Aging is associated with the Widowed Wellness Programs of Idaho, Inc. (WWPI) program. WWPI provides an 8 week Group Discussion Series various times throughout the year. The series is titled:

“Coping with Widowhood”

When: Group meets on Wednesdays for 8 weeks - various dates throughout the year

Where: CSI Office on Aging on the CSI Campus

Time: 10 – 11:30 am

WWPI provides a support group for widowed persons. In this group you will learn about the grieving process, meet new friends and find a supportive, understanding ear. 
The group is led by Shawna Wasko, who is also widowed, and has led groups for over 33 years.
The concept of WWPI is that those who have had the widowed experience are the most helpful to the newly widowed. If you would like to be informed about the next available, Coping with Widowhood, series please contact:

Shawna Wasko Phone: 208-736-2122 or 800-574-8656 email swasko@ooa.csi.edu




Facts on Widowed Persons

In 2001 there were more than 13.7 million widowed persons in the United States. 

11 million of these widowed persons were women, making them 80% of widowed persons. 

Widows outnumber widowers 4-1. 

2/5 of women who are widowed fall into poverty, which is a much higher rate than for those women who have never married or are divorced.(encyclopedia.com)

Resources to Widowed Persons

Social Security

If your spouse worked long enough, you may be able to collect benefits from Social Security. The US government allows widows to receive the full benefits of their spouse, starting at age 70, or reduced benefits as early as age 60. If you're disabled and the disability began within seven years of your husband's death, you may begin receiving benefits as early as age 50.

Helpful Links:

Government grants