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Not alone: With 75 percent of women destined to become widows, groups offer help to navigate new life

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PHILADELPHIA — Susan Gross wasn’t ready to be a widow.

Her husband, Alan, had been sick for a decade with diabetes and complicated back problems, but he wasn’t dying. Nobody ever said he was dying.

And then one day he was gone, and she was alone, trying at age 60 to make sense of a new and unanticipated life.

“It’s overwhelming, making decisions, and (figuring out) finances, and you just want to be left alone,” Gross said in an interview.

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