According to Statista there were roughly 15.1 million widows in the United States in 2018. In the same year, an estimated 844,000 children were living with a single widowed parent. This unfortunate reality shows the impact that the death of a spouse has on a family.

The Young Widow(ers) With Children Meet Up allows widows and widowers in the Fredericksburg area to come together as a community and meet in a safe environment.

“Being a young widow with children can be isolating and overwhelming,” says event leader Brianna Simpson. “When people think ‘widow,’ they think old. Unfortunately, that is just not the case for many of us.”

Simpson lost her husband in January 2019 and has been adjusting to life in Fredericksburg with her 2-year-old son. Her experiences as a widow led her to organize this recurring event to bring together parents and children affected by grief.

The meet up will occur in Kenmore Park on July 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Families will have a chance to meet new people, take photos, play with animals from the SPCA, and enjoy snacks and drinks. There will be printed information on local grief resources at the event. RSVP is requested.

Interested in attending? Visit the official event page at