At a Day of Reflection for widowed people some white widows were shocked when they heard from some of the black widows how they were treated after the death of their husbands. In some families and groups they were rejected. Some took away their children, some exploited them financially and even sexually. Some of these widows expressed how they almost felt as if they had lost their identity.
Ruth after being widowed said to her mother-in-law, entreat me not to leave your or to return from following you, for where you go I will go, your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:1-22.
Pope Francis: Most families have great respect for the elderly, surrounding them with affection and considering them a blessing. On the other hand the care that they require often puts a strain on their loved ones. The elderly who are vulnerable and dependent are at times unfairly exploited simply for economic advantage. AL48