ABSTRACT

In this chapter, the author addresses the bereaved wife and shows her deep sympathy for the widows of World War II. She speaks in moving detail of the strain that such a catastrophe imposes, not only on the wife herself, but on her relationship to her children. The importance of the parents in a child's life is widely appreciated, and it is known that children's development may suffer, even seriously, if they are separated from their parents and homes. The loss of her husband stirs up all the biggest anxieties latent in a woman's mind; to begin with, it threatens her security in many ways. The loss of economic security is one element in this situation; the fear of falling the standard of living required for the physical and mental well-being of herself and her children is psychologically only one, though possibly the most conscious one, of the many fears aroused.