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WIDOWHOOD. The state of a man whose wife is dead or of a woman whose husband is dead. In general there is no law to regulate the time during which a man must remain a widower, or a woman a widow, before they marry a second time. The term widowhood is mostly applied to the state or condition of a widow.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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For those who cannot do so, a letter from the local chief confirming her widowhood will do," she adds.
We had two clergymen and we discussed topics such as; Widows and Culture; Widows and Government; Widows and Economy, Widows Offspring's and social issues, Widowhood its Effect to Other Gender and Social Issues.
It captures the pain felt in the first years of widowhood in the move from grief to joy.
Guidelines are provides for each new phase, making "Widow: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in Your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Years" a practical tool anyone can use as they embrace their widowhood with confidence!
As the literature and knowledge about widowhood and conflict are still relatively sparse (Bokek-Cohen 2014; Quayoom 2014; Qutab 2012), important aspects of widows' lived experience remain largely unexplored.
The aim of this study is to develop a frailty model to fit the characteristic widowhood mortality.
Widowhood also is financially challenging, though somewhat less so, according to the survey.
Exhaustive notes and bibliographical references, beyond the Gambara and Nogarola families and early modern women writers in Italy, included are ample sources on women humanists and their education, widowhood in early modernity, female patronage, and cultural programs in northern Italian courts.
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'This Swedish study provides substantive evidence for what many know intuitively: namely, that divorce and widowhood increase the risk for alcohol use disorder, among other problems.
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