The final stage of widowhood, known as transformation, is when a widow’s new life as an independent woman evolves. Having emerged from profound grief and grown into her new lifestyle, the widow in transformation can focus on more advanced planning.
In my previous article, I discussed the need to understand what a widow is experiencing, how she feels, and how you can build rapport during the grieving stage of widowhood. You will often meet a widow after she has experienced loss, but there may be a time when you will begin working with her and her spouse prior to death. Assisting a couple through this life transition can be challenging but also rewarding. According to a widely cited statistic, 70% of widows fire their advisor after their spouse dies. You can prevent this by helping the couple prepare before the husband dies.