Merry widows? How attitudes to bereaved women have changed

Societies around the world have always had a problem with a wife who no longer has a husband.

But what does the W word mean in the modern era?

There’s a downside to “till death us do part” – it does. For example, 60s model Jan de Souza,

co-host of Tramp nightclub with her husband Johnny Gold, died recently:

Of loneliness, her obituary said. He’d died a year earlier, after 50 years of marriage.

It recalls the perfect little poem by Henry Wotton, Upon the Death of Sir Albert Morton’s Wife:

He first deceased; she for a little tried To live without him, liked it not, and died.

Is it romantic? Or is it shocking that a widow might die of loneliness?