Freemasons do not forget the family and in particular the widows of departed Freemasons.
The Grand Lodges of the provinces assist them financially and many of them meet in the Masonic Hall where their husband/partner was a member.
If you see a lady with a brooch similar to the one here then she is a Masonic Widow and is wearing what is referred to as ‘The Broken Column’.
Most Masonic Provinces have a Masonic Widows Association with its own lady chairman and committee from the widows. They often meet for lunch, hold regular meetings, visits to places of interest and take part in the social activities of the lodges of which their husbands or partner was a member.
It is generally recognised that the Lodge Almoner is the initial contact with the widow and he will then circulate information round the brethren.