ELVIE Watts and Ruth Boater said it was friendship and support from a War Widows group that helped them through the grieving process when their husbands died.
The women, who attended the War Widows Friendship Day in Bundaberg recently, said the group gave them like-minded people to confide in.
"It's given moral support and also helped insecurity, assistance when required and opens up different avenues for me," Ruth said.
Elvie is one of the original members and hasn't missed a single war widow's friendship day.
She said the event had greatly impacted her life.
"It has given me a more social life and I have made a lot of friends" she said.
The annual friendship day event is one that Elvie, Ruth and many more war widows look forward to each year.
"This event creates life time friends that you just feel at home amongst," Ruth said.
Elvie and Ruth were joined by 170 other members that came from all around Australia at the Bundaberg Services Club last Tuesday.