Widowhood is the time period following the death of one’s spouse for as long as there is no remarriage.
“There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”
“She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.”
“When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.”
“When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.”
— A custom was to wear black for a specific time of mourning.
— Flags are flown at half mast to indicate a national mourning.
“They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life. And the disciples were filled with grief.”
— Grief is a process.
— The deeper the emotional involvement, the deeper the grief.
— Grieving has no set time frame. It can last for months or even years.
— God intends to heal our hearts when they are filled with grief.
“You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.”
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”
The Book of Ruth