July 6, 2022

Widowhood is the social state one spouse is in when the other dies. A widower is a man whose wife has died and has not remarried. A woman whose husband has died is called a widow (from the Latin term vidua).

Historical evolution

Widowhood has been an important social issue, particularly in the past. In families where the husband was the sole provider, widowhood could drive relatives into poverty, and many charities were aimed at helping widows and orphans. On the other hand, today, in many societies, widows and widowers have excellent living conditions, having the right to administer the government's assets and pension. This fact leads many to aspire to the position and marry people close to dying solely and exclusively thinking about it, constituting the so-called coup of the trunk.