(noun) The state of being a widow (an individual whose spouse is dead, especially one who has not remarried).
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- In 1897, Émile Durkheim (1858–1917) published Suicide, which examined statistics from over 25,000 suicides. He then categorized the suicides into four categories: altruistic suicide, anomic suicide, egotistic suicide and fatalistic suicide. Durkheim also found a correlation between suicide and widowhood which he called domestic anomie.
- Helena Znaniecka Lopata (1925–2003) studied widowhood from the sociology perspective in Widowhood in an American City (1973), Women as Widows: Support Systems (1979), and Current Widowhood: Myths and Realities (1996)
- A male is called a “widower” and a female is called a “widow” or “widow woman.”