Organizations that are caring, supportive and positive…
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Camp Widow™ is a fun, inspiring, uplifting, and life changing weekend for widowed people of all descriptions. Camp Widow™ welcomes anyone who has lost a life partner to participate in this program; all ages, men and women, married and not married widows, LGBT widowed, those with any/no faith background, remarried widows and their new partners. No matter how long you’ve been widowed, or how you joined our ranks, you will find a community like no other when you step up to the registration desk at Camp Widow™. Join us, you will be glad you did. Promise.
Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation is a community that provides a national network of support for anyone grieving the loss of someone they love – with a special emphasis on those who have been widowed. SSLF offers a variety of programs intended to connect our members for the two-fold purpose of creating a community of support and understanding for our members, and connecting the many wonderful organizations that provide services offering comfort for those traveling the difficult journey of grief.
SSLF is an inclusive, non-denominational organization focused on hope and healing through the grieving process. We are positive, and forward thinking, while focusing on offering our members the tools and resources they need to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the death of a loved one.
Hope matters, and love never dies.
After a spouse or partner dies, many widowed individuals are overwhelmed, confused, and potentially exposed to various forms of exploitation. Grief creates a fog where daily routines are no longer routine – future plans evaporate. The desire to move forward or take care of personal responsibilities may not be a priority. In many cases the deceased spouse handled many of the responsibilities and now the widowed individual is in charge. In a grief-stricken journey to a “New Normal,” new skills in basic areas, as well as awareness of potential issues in other areas, must be acquired. Dealing with the holidays, maintaining the house, parenting a grieving child, legal and tax issues, and the benefits of journaling are all addressed at WCESS.
WCESS was founded in 2010 by Jim Schwartz, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Practitioner and current president of WCESS. As a financial advisor, nearly half of Jim’s clients are widowed and he assists them with their financial, tax, and legal issues every day. To provide grief support and educational resources to his clients and to the broader widowed community, Jim felt a need to do something. After researching local resources he decided to launch an annual conference as well as two widowed-to-widowed grief support groups in Tempe and central Phoenix. More groups are planned. Jim can be reached at Info@WidowedCommunity.org or 480.209.0564.
We are, by far, the largest, non-denominational, social group of widows and widowers in the LI/NYC area. Our events are held at least once a month and are mainly for those are past their initial grieving period. Through this group, many, lasting friendships have been formed as we openly discuss shared concerns and, in general, help each other enjoy life after becoming widowed. All ages are welcome, though most of our members are younger than those typically found in widowed groups.