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The Widows and Widowers Friendship and Maybe More ❤️ UK Facebook group is excited to announce their special Christmas dinner this year! This festive event will be held at The Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, promising an evening of great company and delicious food.

Great news! Our Chapter 2 Forums are free to all members regardless of your status (standard or premium). So please read, post, add comments start conversations or new threads.

Chapter 2 is proud to support Widows' Rights International this International Widows Day. Widows’ Rights International (WRI) would like to invite you to their International Widows Day event on 22 June 2024 at the historic Athenaeum in Liverpool.

Hello everyone, my name is Tony. My life took an unexpected turn in August 2022 when I became a widower. At first, like most people, I didn't know what I was doing. After the initial shock, I realised I needed to reconnect and it would be nice to go out. I joined a few Facebook groups that organised social events, and went out when I could.

We’re thrilled to announce we're back on ITV3 with our advertising campaign this April. Our aim is to continue to support more widows and widowers in finding their next chapter, and expanding our audience to the 3.11 million widows and widowers in the UK.

Step into the world of storytelling and entrepreneurship with Nicky Wake, our visionary Founder of Chapter 2.

We are thrilled to announce a special opportunity for ALL our fantastic members to join our free drop-in Zoom calls. It’s a chance for us to come together, engage in heartfelt conversations, perhaps raise a virtual toast, and provide mutual support during this holiday season.

At Chapter 2, we're thrilled to announce our upcoming advertising campaign on ITV3 throughout December. Our aim is to support more widows and widowers in finding happiness in their next chapter. Our advert, featuring the voice of TV presenter Jenny Powell, will debut on ITV3 at 10.01pm on Monday 11th December.

As the festive season approaches, we at Chapter 2 are filled with warmth and gratitude for the unwavering support of our members. In the spirit of giving and celebration, we're thrilled to introduce 'A Season of Gifts' - an initiative crafted especially for our Premium Access members.

In our recent Chapter 2 community survey, it was revealed that many still faced multiple challenges and stigmas associated with being a widow or widower. The research found that almost a third of widows (30%) still struggled with disclosing their widow status when meeting new people.

In a new survey conducted by Chapter 2, people reveal the worst things that others have said to them since losing their partner.

We want to know your favourite tracks and the stories behind them. Was it the song from your first dance with your lost love, the one you play while gearing up for a thrilling new date, the track marking your first kiss with your Chapter 2, or perhaps a song that inspires and propels you forward into this unexpected new chapter?

Entering the world of dating can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. While meeting new people and potentially finding another love is your goal, it's essential to be cautious and aware of potential pitfalls, such as dating scammers. We'll explore the ins and outs of online dating safety, focusing on the importance of recognising and avoiding dating scams. We'll also introduce a powerful campaign that sheds light on this issue.

With more and more people turning to online dating in the wake of the digital era, the number of online dating apps, too, is growing. If you're navigating the dating world and want to brush up on your dating lingo, here are some of the terms and top dating jargon you’ll need to know for 2024.

We're thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new audio ad campaign for Chapter 2 Dating! As we continue to revolutionise the world of online widow dating, we're taking things up a notch by bringing our unique approach to your ears.

In a world inundated with stereotypes and misconceptions, it's crucial to challenge preconceived notions and celebrate the diverse tapestry of human experiences. This is especially true when it comes to the complex journey of widowhood. Our 'Real Widows and Widowers' campaign seeks to shed light on the incredible diversity of widows, showcasing their strength, resilience, and individuality. We recognise that real widows(ers) come from all walks of life.

My Mum, Your Dad

At Chapter 2, we're completely enraptured by the latest sensation on ITV: 'My Mum, Your Dad,' a captivating series helmed by the wonderful Davina McCall. It's a heart-warming, beautiful new programme that's been hailed as a Love Island for the middle aged. Thankfully there are no prying lenses in the bedroom!

Love Again…

Love Again… A heartbreakingly beautiful film about loss, loving again, and sharing your deepest inner thoughts with your late partner by text.

On Friday 7th July, we partnered with One Minute Briefs to create a unique campaign, bringing together the best creative ideas in just 60 seconds! Every day, One Minute Briefs (OMB) challenges the creative Twitter community to respond with their ideas to daily advertising briefs and reward the best entries. We partnered with OMB to challenge their audience to craft captivating posters to showcase Chapter 2 Dating.

Sunny skies, warm evenings, BBQ’s, holidays, fish 'n' chips on the beach, lighter nights and ice cream – all things which were once relished and enjoyed as a couple, or conventional family, can be incredibly challenging as a widow or widower. It is at times a painful reminder of those lost future plans and happy memories…

I sometimes feel like I'm living two parallel lives. The one where Tim is still alive. And then there's the one that I am in now, without Tim but with my wonderful wife Dee.

Chapter 2 have surveyed over 500 widows and widowers to explore “widow’s fire” and intimacy after grief.

We recognise that real widows come from all walks of life. We comprise all genders and all sexual preferences, all races, all demographics, all age ranges, married and cohabiting, parents or not. Unfortunately love and loss do not discriminate and affects us all. Here at Chapter 2 want to celebrate the reality of what real widows look like, we want to smash the stereotypes.

Love and loss are universally big themes, and as widows and widowers they have in some way undoubtedly defined our lives. It is perhaps inevitable that scriptwriters, producers, and directors often include these themes as entertainment for both the big and small screen.

At Chapter 2, we are creating a safe and secure space to explore what your next chapter may look like but recognising and respecting what has gone before. We've put together a few helpful tips to ensure you get the most benefit from your membership, for both Basic and Premium Access members.

Here at Chapter 2, we know just how challenging managing your finances as a widow or widowers can be. Added to the the cost-of-living crisis, times can be incredibly tough. We want to ensure our community is getting the financial help they are entitled to.

Here at Chapter 2, we know and understand how challenging dates like Valentine's can be… Whether it is the first Valentine's Day after death of your partner, or decades have passed, we wanted to share with you a few thoughts, tips, and hints to help you cope with what can be a very painful milestone and a reminder of all that we have lost. We hope you find this useful.

The 2nd Chapter

When it comes to moving forward into your journey of dating again after the loss of a partner, it can be difficult to know where to begin. The internet isn’t exactly over-saturated with dating advice for widows and widowers. That’s where Chapter 2 comes in.

One of the most challenging aspects of starting dating is knowing when to share this news with friends and family. There really is no right or wrong time, the timing will depend on who you are telling, your relationship with them and their relationship with your late spouse.

Coffee Anyone?

You swiped right, they swiped right, you have been messaging, found some common ground and even flirted a little! What’s next? Coffee?

Finding a Match

So now your photos, profile and preferences are complete you need to look for some matches. We know that you only get out of online dating what you put in.

At Chapter 2, we recognise that as a widow, you may never have been online dating. It can be confusing and scary! Where does one start? The good news is you are in the right place!

As widows, we face many dilemmas and question literally everything in life! Our reason for being? The meaning of life? Why me? And, once the raw initial grief and shockwaves have subsided widows and widowers naturally consider what the future hold.

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