Friday, June 23, 2006

Yoko Ono still mourning John Lennon

Friday June 23, 04:08 PM

Yoko Ono has said that she has still not recovered from the murder of her husband John Lennon more than 25 years ago.

The artist and musician said her son, Sean, was "still suffering" after his father was killed on December 8, 1980.

Speaking of the plight of millions of widows worldwide, Mrs Ono said society must "give widows a chance".

She said: "It has been 25 years since my husband passed away and I still cannot get used to the idea. It is not just me, but my son who is still suffering from the loss of his father. I must confess that widowhood was something I did not think of very much until I became a widow myself.
"Largely because it was something that is just not talked about, especially widowhood as a social issue. The subject of widowhood in fact remains taboo in our society, more so than sex, money or politics."

She was speaking at a conference to mark International Widows Day, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London. Also at the event was the Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair, who is president of The Loomba Trust, the charity behind the day.

Guests heard from speakers including New York senator Hillary Clinton, actress and charity patron Joanna Lumley and Baroness Amos, the leader of the House of Lords. The conference will be followed by a Bollywood concert featuring a line up of Indian stars, including TV personalities, singers and dancers in Trafalgar Square.

Mrs Ono said her son, who was just five when his father was killed, was "devastated" by the loss and she quickly learned how "strong" she needed to be to cope.

She said: "We must get the message out that the problems that widows face are the problems of everyone in society. It's not an issue to be swept under the rug. Give widows a chance."

The artist was invited to speak by Mrs Blair, who first announced International Widows Day in Parliament last year. The Loomba Trust is a UK-based charity dedicated to helping the children of poor widows and other orphaned children in India and worldwide.

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