Losing someone special is difficult. It is important to grieve and lament their passing until you are ready to move forward. A widow has been struggling to cope with the death of her husband, and her in-laws have been unable to help her. They have done the exact opposite and made her life a living hell.
In a post on Reddit on July 2, 2021, the user explained how she lost her longtime partner about six months earlier. Their relationship lasted seven years, and they had been happily married for one and a half of those years. In addition to grieving for the loss of someone she adored, her in-laws have made matters worse by demanding that she return the jewelry that Daniel, her late husband, had bought for her. Daniel gave the nameless woman an engagement ring, wedding ring, and eternity band over the course of their relationship.
Still grieving over her husband’s death, the wife couldn’t understand why his family asked her to surrender her jewelry. The message has since been removed, but it has circulated on the internet and created a discussion in response to the widow’s request for help dealing with the difficult situation. Some believe it is understandable that the family would want something to remember their son by, while others have stood by the widow, who is also grieving.
As reported by Cafe Mom, the Reddit poster did not provide any information but did mention that Daniel had died in an accident. As a gift for their first wedding anniversary, he gave her an engagement ring, wedding ring, and eternity band.
Following Daniel’s untimely death, his heartbroken wife expressed her grief. She did not go into detail about what caused her husband’s death, but her anguish was evident in her post. “It still doesn’t feel real,” she said, “but every day I live life as he would want me to.”
“I haven’t had much contact with his family since the burial six months ago,” the OP said. “I assume we were all grieving and needed time to recover.”
While she was writing her article, she received a call from her sister-in-law, and the conversation had surprised her.
“My SIL wants me to return all the rings to them because she claims Daniel paid for them and they belong to the family because he died,” the widow said. Since the rings remind her of the best period in her life, she was determined to keep them. She wrote, “His family is pressuring me to give them these rings.”. “I don’t know if they want to sell or own them.”.
Any person who is asked to return something so important is in a very distressing position, and she had no idea what to do when she was put in this situation.
In addition, the OP had not anticipated her husband’s family treating her in this manner six months after his death. It is unfortunate that her family has turned against her. “Daniel and I did not have children,” she said, “so I guess I am no longer related.”
The OP was torn between what to do and whether she was justified in feeling insulted. Reddit users came forward to offer support to the widow when she asked for advice on what she should do. Cafe Mom reports that one person said, “Asking for a widow’s wedding bands six months after losing her spouse is highly inappropriate.” “He paid for them… as gifts for you,” said another. “And since you were his wife, his assets would belong to you unless he left you a will.”
A number of people expressed sympathy for the OP, and one even suggested that she go the legal route and said, “I would actually pay an attorney to issue a cease-and-desist letter for the harassment.” “Even if these rings are family heirlooms, the ex-ILs have no claim to them.” “The brutality to a recent widow is incredible,” the commenter said.
OP has not provided an update on her current status or what she ended up doing, but it is encouraging to see that she found assistance from an unlikely source after going through such a trying time.