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Widowed Village connects peers with each other for friendship and sharing. The moderators, administrators, and others involved in running this site are not professionals.

Please don't interpret anything you read here as medical, legal, or otherwise expert advice. Don't disregard any expert's advice or take any action as a result of what you read here.

We're friends, not doctors, financial or legal professionals, and we're not "grief experts." But we are here, and we've been "there."

Soaring Spirits provides widowed people with the chance to meet socially, and to create a local community of widowed friends through our Regional Social Group program. Groups are led by our awesome volunteer facilitators who plan meetings twice a month in their geographical area.

Our meetings are focused on assisting widowed men and women in rebuilding their social structure post-loss. We don’t provide any presented content, and all of our meetings are held in easily accessible public locations. Our aim is to assist widowed people in getting back out into the world, with a group of understanding friends by their sides!

Group events are posted here in Widowed Village (http://widowedvillage.org/events) and on the Soaring Spirits web site (http://www.soaringspirits.org/regional-social-events) - or click on the link below for a group near you.

If you feel a call to give back, and believe that the Soaring Spirits model of spreading hope via peer-based programming is a good fit for you - or if you have questions about this Soaring Spirits program - please contact me at [email protected] or post a comment here in this Forum. 

 

Soaring Spirits Regional Groups

CALIFORNIA

   *Bay Area:  Email Nanci at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE; MeetUp HERE

   *Inland Empire:  Email Shauna at [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE   

   *Lake County:   Email Nani at [email protected] - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE      

   *North Orange County:  Email Priscilla at [email protected]  -  or visit the group's MeetUp page HERE

   *San Diego:  Email Susan & Jenny at [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE; MeetUp HERE 

   *San Gabriel Valley:  Email Leslee at [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE; MeetUp HERE

   *San Joaquin Valley:   Email Shantelle & Bre at  [email protected] - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE; MeetUp HERE

   *Simi Valley:  Email Donna at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

   *Temecula/Murrieta:   Email Carolyn at  [email protected] - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

   *Ventura:  Email Vera at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's MeetUp page HERE

CANADA

   *Barrie/Central Ontario:  Email Whitney & Irene at [email protected] - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

   *Fredericton, New Brunswick:  Email Stacey at  [email protected]  - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

   *Martensville/Saskatoon:    Email Rhonda at  [email protected]  - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE 

   *Moncton Vivre avec le deuil:  Email Christelle at [email protected] - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE 

   *Northeastern Ontario:   Email Devin at [email protected]or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

   *Toronto & GTA:  Email Suzanne at [email protected]or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

COLORADO

   *Denver Area:  Email Sade at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

FLORIDA

   *Tampa:  Email Joyce at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

   *West Palm Beach:  Email Judy at  [email protected]  - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

GEORGIA

   *Atlanta:  Email Tamara at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE; MeetUp HERE

ILLINOIS

   *South Suburban Chicago:   Email Jodie at [email protected] - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

INDIANA

    *Indianapolis:   Email Chris at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

LOUISIANA

    *Baton Rouge:   Email Lori at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

MICHIGAN

    *Muskegon:    Email Brie at [email protected]- or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

MINNESOTA

   *Minneapolis:  Email Renee at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

NEVADA

   *Las Vegas:   Email Dianne & Rose at  [email protected]  -  of visit the group's Facebook page HERE; MeetUp HERE

NEW JERSEY

   *North Jersey:   Email Arnie at  [email protected]  - or visit the group's MeetUp page HERE

   *South Jersey:  Email Beth at  [email protected]  - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

NEW YORK

   *NYC area:  Email Deneen at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's MeetUp page HERE

OREGON

   *Central/Eastern Oregon:   Email Autumn at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's MeetUp page HERE

PENNSYLVANIA

   *Lehigh Valley:  Email Sonja at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

TEXAS

   *San Antonio:  Email Sarah at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

UTAH

   *SLC area:   Email Candalynn at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE 

VIRGINIA

   *Central Virginia:  Email Amanda at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

WISCONSIN

   *Fond du Lac/Oshkosh:  Email Meredith, Stacie & Kim at [email protected]  - or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

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Dianne - I have already been trying to figure out how I could use my own tragedy and experience with grief to help other widows in my area. I would love to receive training and have the support of SSLF to help me make this happen. Please sign me up! Angie

Were you able to attend the Regional Group Orientation at Camp, Angie?  If not, just send Janine an email at [email protected] and she'll get you signed up.

Angie,

Have you ben to Camp Widow?  Send me an email and we can discuss this further  ([email protected]), if you're still interested.

it's a lot of fun and is very easy!

:)

Hi Janine!

The Regional Events are a terrific Idea!  The NJ one is on June 28.  A few of us will be in San Diego then...  Is that date definite?

hugs, 

Diane

The first regional event in NJ is on June 14 http://widowedvillage.org/events/sslf-regional-event-in-new-jersey - so, hopefully, you'll be able to make that one before heading off to San Diego.  I believe the plan is for each location to hold two events a month. NJ has June 14 and 28; more dates will be announced for the future months.

Hi Diane, 

Sorry that I didn't see this earlier, but I'm guessing that Dianne's answer was what you were looking for.
I have signed up to receive emails from this discussion but it appears to not always work.
Anyway, you, my dear, know where to find me to ask anything.  :)

Is there a Regional in WI/IL???

I haven't seen the full list of all locations in this first phase, but Janine will provide info when she pops in here.

Here's the list of those I know of:

  • Minneapolis, MN area
  • Syracuse/Central NY area
  • Salt Lake City, Utah area
  • Harrisburg, PA area
  • Ventura, CA
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Cranford, NJ area
  • Fredericton, NB, Canada

Not yet, Carolynne - and I know you're too busy to take this on right now. With all the WVers we have in that area, I'm hoping someone has an interest.  I'll be adding the new groups to the list above as they come on board.

We don't have any groups in IL yet , but would love to see one started.  Let me know if you might be interested.

:)

[email protected]

I believe there is one in Madison Wisconsin but that's too much of a hike for me. I live in Woodstock Il and am often in Lake Geneva Wi where my daughter lives. I'd be happy to get together with you sometime.

I think this is an awesome idea.  I like the idea of paying it forward this way and sharing what we can with other widows/widowers.  Please sign me up.

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