I found this online: Widow brain, often referred to as widow fog or brain fog, is the fuzziness or fogginess that can be experienced after a spouse dies. It can cause you to forget things, lose focus, and have trouble concentrating. Widows describe it as not being able to think straight. Some have said it feels like “I am losing my mind.”
Brain fog is your body’s natural response to so many heightened emotions and hormones. In a way, it’s a form of natural protection, dulling your senses while you work to process through what has happened. Once you’ve had time to process and grieve, your body slowly releases its hold, and brain fog recedes.
Here are the best things you could possibly say to someone who has been widowed:
I’m so very sorry
I can only imagine how hard it is/how awful you feel
I remember when… tell stories about the person who died
I miss him/her too
They’d be really proud of you
You’re doing a great job
Spend Sunday with us, we’d love to have you over
I’d like to do something to help – give me a job
Shall I come round and bring dinner with me?
I’ll do the driving
I’m going to take the children out for the whole day
And here are the top things not to say to someone who’s been widowed, and why:
I know how you feel
Unless you’ve been widowed too, you simply don’t know how it feels
When my uncle died/when my granny got cancer/when I got divorced etc.
It’s just not the same
Call me if you need anything
Your friend won’t be able to ask for help unless you offer something more concrete
You’re being so brave
Your friend is just getting on with it…
You have to move on/get on with it/you should put your grief away
Everyone grieves differently and it may take longer than you’d expect
You should be resting, taking it easy, being kind to yourself
How? When you have a house to run, and maybe a living to earn and children to care for
And an extra one that many WAY members hear:
At least your mortgage has been paid off
Many people labour under the misapprehension that widows and widowers must be rolling in it after cashing in their partner’s life insurance. The reality is often very different. Many widows and widowers struggle financially. And no amount of money can compensate for losing the person you love.