Widow Statistics

· Nearly 700,000 women lose their husbands each year and will be widows for an average of 14 years
                                        -U.S. Bureau of the Census (1999)

   

· 800,000 new widows/widowers in the U.S. in 2002
                                       -National Mental Health Association

   

· In 1999, there were over four times as many widows (8.4 million) as widowers (1.9 million)
                                        -
AARP

   

· 32% of women aged 55 and older are widows
·
9% of men aged 55 and older are widower
                                        -
2000 U.S. Census

   

Wealth Statistics

"A 1999 study by John J. Havens and Paul G. Schervish of the Social Welfare Research Institute concluded that over the next 55 years upwards of $41 trillion dollars will be transferred from one generation to another—through inheritance, philanthropy, and taxes."

  -http://www.morethanmoney.org/articles/mtm32_schervish.pdf


 

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