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This site is run by widowed people, for widowed people

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

ARIZONA

   *Northern Arizona:  Email Linda at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

   *Phoenix:   Candice & Cheryl are getting things ready. Visit the group's Facebook page HERE

   *Tucson:   Email Chuck & Pam at [email protected] -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

CALIFORNIA

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

   *Inland Empire:  Email Shauna & Franci 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, Paul & Steve 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 Michele at  [email protected]

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

   *Ventura:  Email Vera & Susan 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

   *Halton/Peel, Ontario:   Just getting started ... comment below to be notified when first meet is scheduled.

   *Martensville/Saskatoon:    Email Rhonda & Leah 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

   *Southwestern Ontario:   Just getting started ... comment below to be notified when first meet is scheduled.

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

COLORADO

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

   *TriCounty:   Email Kim 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

MASSACHUSETTS

    *Middlesex/Worcester:    Email Kelley & Alison 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 & Kristin at  [email protected]  -  or visit the group's Facebook page HERE

NEBRASKA

   * Omaha:   Just getting started ... comment below to be notified when first meet is scheduled.

NEVADA

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

NEW JERSEY

   *North Jersey:   Email Marion 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

NORTH CAROLINA

   *Raleigh:  Email Mary 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

   *Portland:   Just getting started ... comment below to be notified when first meet is scheduled.

PENNSYLVANIA

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

TEXAS

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

WISCONSIN

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

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Hi Connie .... we have a Colorado group that just started.  It's in the Denver area.  If you'd like more info, email our RGL there, Sade at :

[email protected]

If you're in a different area of the state then you have a bit longer to wait .... unless you're interested in starting one.  :)

HI Dianne.....I am in Ohio near the Cleveland area.  Do you know of a group there or nearby in the wings?   I would be happy to volunteer my time to help get one going.  I think this is an awesome idea!!!  Please let me know what I can do.  Thanks for always being there!

Diane of Kirtland, Oh

Hi Diane. Excellent!  I don't have the full list of pending groups just yet. I know there's one in Central Ohio/Columbus area soon to get started, but that's too far. Send an email to Janine at [email protected]lf.org and let her know of your interest in the Cleveland area and she'll get you the answers.

Diane, I am also in the Cleveland area. There are a number of people on this site who live in the area and would probably be interested in meeting. Keep me posted if you decide to do it!

Hi Diane and Donna, I am in the Akron area and would be happy to help with an Akron/Cleveland area group.

Diane & Beth - Since you've been to Camp you can start a group ... and perhaps get someone to join you to help as a co-leader (co-leaders don't need to be Camp alumni).  There are some great connections being made at these groups. Just need to hold 2 gatherings a month - in public places.  Groups have met in restaurants, had picnics/potlucks at a park, met at a Barnes & Noble cafe, met for lunch, for coffee, for brunch, for dinner, for drinks, they've gone to concerts, to movies, to botanical gardens.  

should I email Janine?

Yes - her email is [email protected] (yes, there are two e's there).  She can tell you if anyone else has indicated an interest in that area and answer any questions you may have.

Hi Beth ....

Yes, please do email me and I'll give you all the info you need to decide if you want to become an RGL.  It's really very easy and is so much fun!
It sounds like maybe you and Donna could maybe do one together?

Shoot me an email and we can talk about it more.

[email protected]

I'm excited!!!

:)

I have not been to camp so I cannot start a group but would be happy to help in any way I can. Please keep me updated and let me know what you decide. I work full time so it would be great to have a few of us woring on this together. Also, it looks like Diane, Beth and I are from different areas of the city so we would encompass a wider area.

Donna, It would be great to work with you and Diane on this!

Hi Diane,

We'd love to start another group in Ohio!!  If you're interested please shoot me an email .... the one Dianne gave you ([email protected]) and we can discuss it further.
It's very easy to lead a group.  All you're doing is basically going out for dinner/lunch with friends.

Really.

Let me know if you have any other questions or are willing to jump on board as an RGL!

:)

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