During the weekend of 11 -13 Jul Amport House hosted the Annual gathering of the Army Widows’ Association.
The Association was formed in 2004 by widows, who felt that there was a need for an organisation that represented and understands the needs of today’s widows and widowers of Army personnel. The Association has two main aims, the first is to offer support and friendship on a personal level to make the transition from being a wife to a widow a little easier. This was evident at the weekend with each new widow being assigned a ‘buddy’. The second aim is to liaise with the Army bereavement and aftercare system and during this weekend a number of Service welfare and personnel representatives gave talks and advice including Colonel PS4. The Association is also in contact with many other service related charities.
The weekend was by all accounts a great success with some 26 widows including three Gurkha widows present. Some had only very recently been widowed others for much longer. It was for some a brave step to come to Amport House and to share experiences but all went away feeling they were well supported and hopefully encouraged that they were not so alone in their loss.