Welcome to The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Widows’ Association

We formed in 2008 when a small group of widows decided to set up an association to support other widows with the aim of bringing friendship, support, guidance and comfort to those who have experienced the trauma of bereavement.

We enjoy the invaluable support of a fellow Widow (or Widower) who understands the nuances of naval life, has endured loss and is happy to give their time to help others through challenges and dark days. Friendship and support are fundamental to this group, that we never asked to join.

My role as Chairman of the Association is to ensure that we are represented alongside the Army and RAF Widows, to engage with the RN Welfare team who invite us to relevant meetings and events and to provide the Visiting Officers with credible, real-life experiences to enhance their professional training.

Supported by a small committee of volunteers all of whom are themselves widows and were grateful for the support we received when we needed it and want to give something back. The Association does not have the capacity to raise funds and we are most grateful to organisations who recognise the value of our work and invite us to apply for grants to fund projects. Donations are also welcomed!

Our members range in age from their 20’s through to their 80’s, each with a different story to tell. There is no easy answer to the grief bereavement brings, there is no timescale, each of us will take a different path on the journey: we would like to offer our support to you too.

With every good wish.


Supporting Each Other

The Association is run by a team of volunteers all of whom are themselves, widows.



We are embraced by the naval family and attend Remembrance events, Garden parties and Conferences…any excuse for a new dress


Socialising and Inspiring others

We offer a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, time to celebrate success as the bereavement journey progresses. Friendship and support is fundamental to this group, that we never asked to join.