Online Community Advises and Comforts New Widow

When confronted with the unexpected death of a loved one we often don't know where to turn when we need advice, especially when we have questions our family and friends don't have the expertise to answer.

One user of the website Reddit, who calls herself Mistyranch, turned to the personal finance discussion forum for help in the wake of personal tragedy. In her post she described herself as a graduate student and parent of three young children whose husband had just died in a motorcycle accident without a will or estate plan. What she was looking for was advice to handle finances and potential tax concerns regarding various survivor benefits and donations.

Within hours she had hundreds of responses with guidance from other users who'd had similar experiences, as well as lawyers and accountants offering professional advice. Many people gave the practical financial advice she was looking for while others offered something more. 

"My wife passed 3 weeks ago, and we have a 4 year old and a 9 year old, so I've have (sic) very recent experience with many of the same things…" said user Macbeth998. "We're both on a new path now, and it is frightening and infuriating and unfair. Be kind to yourself. Let others be there for you so you can start building again."

No matter what you may be going through, this story is a reminder that there are others out there who understand, having been through it themselves. Even on a relatively anonymous website like Reddit, people will recognize and respond to an authentic request for help with compassion and humanity.

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Written by John Maxwell