WAY Widowed & Young

Helping to navigate life after loss

Get support from WAY
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Support. Understanding. Friendship.

WAY is a UK charity that offers a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who's lost a partner before their 51st birthday – married or not, with or without children, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender, race and religion.

Get online support from others who understand and access to a 24-hour telephone helpline.

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When you’re ready to socialise, we have meet ups across the UK organised by our network of member volunteers.

About WAY

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Donate to WAY

May we ask you to consider making a donation to help WAY continue our invaluable work?

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Join hundreds of others who get what you're going through.

After a decade-long campaign, cohabiting parents with dependent children who need support following the death of their partner will finally be able to apply for bereavement benefits.

Read about our campaigning

Time to renew?

If your annual WAY membership is up for renewal all you need to do is log in to your member account on the website, and renewing your membership is quick and easy via our online payment system.

To continue attending local events and holidays, receiving WAY magazines and email newsletters, and getting access to our members only web community, you need to keep your annual membership up to date.

Financial support for your membership

We are well aware that, as a result of bereavement and its consequences, many people can struggle financially.

The WAY Memorial Fund has been established to support our members who may need help to enjoy the benefits of membership. Currently there are funds available to assist members in both the payment of their annual membership fees and to attend WAY-organised events in the UK.

If you, or a member you know, would like to apply for assistance please apply here.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Age 51 or over?

Our constitution limits us from enabling those aged 51 or over at the time of their bereavement from joining WAY. You are still able to join, and remain a WAY member, past your 51st birthday if you were bereaved before then.

If you are age 51 or over, we strongly encourage you to join WAY Up, a lively group of widowed men and women that is flourishing across the UK.

Most WAY Up members are aged 52-65 and they offer each other support and friendship on their forum, as well as holding gatherings and parties that are becoming the stuff of legend.

More FAQs

Read our full list of frequently asked questions about WAY and becoming a member.