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Camp Widow Alumni

A group for Villagers who have attended one or  more of our Camp Widow weekends. Camp Widow, like Widowed Village, is a program of Soaring Spirits International. 

Members: 192
Latest Activity: Mar 22


Michele's Keynote at Toronto:

These forum discussions were used by campers to get acquainted and ask/answer questions before heading off to previous Camps:

CWE 2013

CWW 2014

These forum discussions provided a place for campers to share their camp experience, lessons learned, workshop info and photos with those who weren't able to join us:

Postcards from Camp - Myrtle Beach 2012

Postcards from Camp - San Diego 2012

Postcards from Camp - Myrtle Beach 2013 

Postcards from Camp - Tampa 2014

Discussion Forum

Camp widow agendas

Started by Kris63. Last reply by Kris63 Mar 30, 2019. 2 Replies

Can someone tell me a bit about what is offered at the Camp Widow events? I don’t know that I will be able to go to San Diego but am interested. If not 5os year, maybe next. My husband and I spent a lot of tome there and I love that city.Continue

CAMP CRASH by Michele Neff Hernandez

Started by Dianne in Nevada. Last reply by Di4cats Jul 21, 2014. 1 Reply

Okay, let's talk about "camp crash." For those of you who have returned home after living in the bubble of understanding and support that exists at Camp Widow® for several days, please know that…Continue

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Comment by Soaring Spirits on September 3, 2016 at 6:53am

Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto, Sharon ... and you in Tampa, Gina.  Let the countdowns begin!


Comment by GinaK on September 2, 2016 at 8:45pm

Just registered for Camp Widow/East, Tampa. So excited to go back again. I attended last year for the first time and learned so much. It is good to be with a group of folks who get it and don't ask all those insensitive questions.

My husband, Terry, passed away in May, 2015. Grief is a roller-coaster of ups and downs. I made it thru the first year, and now a little more clear headed, ready for the second year. I will never GET OVER losing the love of my lifetime but I am learning to cope...progress.   

Comment by Princess Warrior Widow on August 14, 2016 at 1:42pm
My husband died in 2011 and I have attended six Camps. No one has the right to judge any of us. Let them walk ten minutes in our shoes and they probably wouldn't survive. It is so good to attend Camp and to be with people who get it and don't judge.

I always look forward to Michele's keynote address. She is amazing. Camp Widow has shown me how to open my heart to healing. I am a better person each time I return home.

Enjoy Toronto.
Comment by Sharon2 on August 8, 2016 at 12:39am

I'm looking forward to Camp Widow Toronto 2016 and feeling sad this will likely be the last camp held in Toronto. Some people seem to think I shouldn't be interested in attending any more since Brian died over 2 years ago and I'm in a new relationship, but I think Camp may become more important as time goes on, since friends are less inclined to want to hear about our grief - and it NEVER ends.  I know people at Camp will get it!! Camp can't come soon enough for me.

Comment by CrazyWidow on March 7, 2016 at 6:11am

I can't wait to see some of you this weekend!

Comment by Mrs C on January 7, 2015 at 12:28am

After enjoying Camp Widow West 2014 so much, I'm heading back to your beautiful country for Camp Widow East in a few weeks!  Wondering who else is going, will there be a dedicated discussion for this event? 

Comment by Rie on December 14, 2014 at 6:41am

Just registered for Tampa 2015 :-)  Excited to reconnect with friends and meet new ones.  Sending everyone love and light today!

Ann Marie "Rie"

Comment by Elaine on October 21, 2014 at 11:17am

DSC08293I went to Camp Widow to meet new friends, give and receive comfort, and share peak moments. Our widowed lives can be lonely and empty compared to the lives we had with our partners. No matter how long it’s been, we crave inspiration, understanding, and joy.

On the first day, I led a workshop called “Leaning into Love: Rituals of Self-Support.” We created an altar of mementos, photos, candles, and names of those we’ve lost. We discussed the ways we carry our grief, mirrored each other in movement, and shared experience and hopes. Each of us left with a new intention for our lives.

Our altar & a few participants

Our altar & a few participants

I attended workshops over the next day and a half, connected one-on-one with a few on-line friends, and exchanged books with Helen Wilkie (Suddenly Single Woman) and Kim Kluxen Meredith (Listen for the Whisper). Since I’m a book lover, I bought a few others such as Brenda Lee Sieglitz’s Ebb from Shoreline: Finding Cancer and Courage.

Their dedication to supporting those who grieve inspired me.

My peak moment was the “Widow’s Rock” flashmob. The dance celebrated love and hope. I had practiced a little at home and joined a Saturday morning practice session. On Saturday afternoon, we practiced once more, walked to the Toronto Eaton Centre shopping mall, and tried our best to look like casual shoppers as the music was set up. Then we rocked. I can only share a rehearsal photo because I was busy dancing. We laughed and wept while we danced. Bystanders cheered us on and got out their cell phones for photos. After we danced, we hugged and let tears flow.

By Saturday night, I was one tired woman, but I dressed in my finest and joined the banquet and party. By then, I couldn’t hear over the noise to talk, but I felt the dj’s rhythms in my feet and danced with new friends.

After Sunday brunch, I drove to the USA/Canadian border, a tired warrior returning home from an adventure. The Finger Lakes greeted me with views of Seneca Lake Valley and a raspberry sunset on my hill.

Thanks to Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation and Camp Widow for creating a supportive and loving community experience. It was a successful, well-organized effort with many dedicated volunteers and helpers. Special thanks to Michele Neff Hernandez for lighting thousands of sparks in this world. Check out 2015 Camp Widows in Tampa, San Diego, and Toronto. If you’ve lost your partner and need a place to feel supported and accepted, Camp Widow is the place for you.

Comment by Dianne in Nevada on October 9, 2014 at 4:41pm

Camp Widow Toronto photos are posted on the Camp Widow Facebook page. Here's a link to the page. Click on Photos and Albums:

Comment by Dianne in Nevada on September 29, 2014 at 6:44pm

Our 10th (!) Camp Widow is now behind us ... and what a wonderful first international camp it was!  Just 18 weeks and we'll be in Tampa again for Camp Widow East 2015.


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