Perhaps it’s platinum. Maybe jewel-studded or perfectly plain. Whatever the ring’s design, it has become a symbol of your marriage and part of your identity. Do you envision taking it off? For those who have, what prompted you? For me it was the first day of spring. It had been over a year since my husband passed away. Inspired by the season of rebirth and ready for my life to begin, again, I left my wedding ring in my jewelry box, where it’s been at home ever since. It never felt awkward or wrong or rushed, just natural. There’s no timeline to follow, each widow/er will come to their own decision at their own pace. How did you know when you were ready?