Typically widows often require more assistance coping with the emotional response that comes with the death of a spouse. They may also experience more economic difficulties and greater loss of the normal social support system.
Widowers are more likely to be uncomfortable with the direct expressions of feelings and may be more comfortable expressing their grief through action. They tend to recover more rapidly socially.
Often, this is the first experience since becoming a couple that the surviving spouse is now a “single” in their social worlds, which can be difficult.
Men may need more assistance in general housekeeping duties and meal preparation, while women might need assistance with household maintenance and often finances.