Christmas is a notoriously difficult time for people who’ve lost loved ones.
Georgia Elms lost her husband to meningitis in 2006. The day after he died, she found out she was pregnant with their second daughter.
Georgia, who is chairperson of Widowed and Young (WAY), a charity supporting men and women aged 50 and under after they lose a partner, tells HuffPost UK: “There’s no getting around it that Christmas is a difficult time when you’ve been widowed – as many of our members know only too well.
“Your first Christmas on your own is likely to be one of the biggest hurdles you’ll face, and it’s best to make sure you have lots of friends or family on hand to help with cooking, shopping and entertaining.
“You’re not likely to feel much like celebrating yourself. And even in the midst of all the jollity, there will be times when you will probably feel wretched.”
With 25 December fast approaching, we spoke to six people who have lost a partner about their coping mechanisms for surviving such a painful period.