CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Navigating life after losing a spouse in no easy task, especially for those who are young.
But with an ongoing pandemic putting extra strain on widows and widowers, a local Chattanooga widow started a new nonprofit group for those dealing with loss.
Chattanooga widow Azurae Redmond lost her husband 3 years ago to lung cancer when she was only 27 , ever since then she’s been on a mission to help those like her.
“My Husband passed away at the age of 32. At the time I was 5 months pregnant and I had my 10 month old on my hip. I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” says Azurae Redmond, Widow.
Since then, Redmond has started a nonprofit called Young Black and Widowed which aims to help those who have also lost a spouse navigate life and work to find peace.
“We provide a roadmap for every person who is widowed and widower. You can call us after your spouse passes away. You can ask us any questions you have. It’s not just a confidential ear but it’s also a beautiful roadmap of what to do next. We help the person try to find health insurance and we help them regain stability,” says Redmond.
Nonprofit founder says the pandemic has created unique challenges for some of their widow/widowers.
“Our widows and widowers right now are going through a different sort of challenge because of Covid. Most of them , if not all of them, were not able to be with their loved one when their husband or wife passed away. Few of them have been able to find peace within that. So we have an online and in-person support groups,” says Redmond.
Young Black and Widowed Nonprofit is an organization that accepts any widow and has helped over 500 people nationwide so far. For more information about their services click here.