When I talk to people that don’t already know my husband is dead, how do I refer to him?
I can’t really refer to him as just my husband, that implies that he’s still alive.
My late husband?
What is he late for?
Bleck. I hate this one- it makes me feel like an old lady…but it seems most polite. Certainly more polite than referring to him as my dead husband.
Can I sill refer to myself as Mrs. Williams?
The internet says that a widow should still be addressed as “Mrs.” Unless she specifies otherwise.
How long do I wear my wedding ring for?
I guess technically I’m not married anymore- I mean, they do say “Until death do you part” but a huge part of me still feels married. Who knows if I’ll ever stop feeling that way. I guess maybe if I do, I’ll take it off then? The traditionalist in me wants to keep it on at least until I have the baby.
Is it wrong that I make my own “widowed” box on intake paperwork when the only other choices are “single, married, divorced”?
Because I totally do.