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."

Make a Difference

How does Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation (SSLF) support this community site?

SSLF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that depends on people like YOU to continue to create innovative programs for widowed people in the U.S. and around the world. There are many ways you can help:

1. Make your own financial commitment. This site would not exist without EVERY possible form of generosity. Widowed Village is a completely FREE community web site and we do not accept advertising. As a program of SSLF, Widowed Village exists thanks to gifts like these:

  • You might choose to make a one time gift or a memorial donation of any size.
  • You might prefer to just give a bit each month through your credit card. Even a small gift adds up:
    • Brown bag your lunch at work one day a month and give the $8 difference to SSLF... in a year, you've made a charitable gift of nearly $100. Not only can you deduct the gift, you can say you support an organization that really matters to you.
    • $27 a month is enough, in one year, to fund a "Campership" for a widow or widower to attend Camp Widow. A great opportunity!

SSLF is small, efficient, and growing rapidly. We are the only national organization that creates both in-person and online programs to transform the lives of widowed people, men and women of all ages and parenting statuses, from all religious backgrounds, and without regard to sexual preference or identification.

You know the impact our programs have had on you. Imagine the impact your gift could have on what we offer to those who haven't yet lost their partners.

2. Share some of your time and energy. Current volunteer opportunities include:

  • Camp Widow East (April 2013)
    • We're recruiting Widowed Village members to staff the Widville booth on Friday and Saturday of Camp. This is a fun, easy, flexible hour (or two) where you can share your experiences and enthusiasm with new folks. 
  • Widowed Village
    • "Greeters" welcome new members and provide gentle general help. Greeters receive some instruction, overlap each other, and can take special care of a group.
    • We're looking for a native speaker of Spanish to coordinate a new group. No experience is necessary.
    • We are always looking for folks to help out with computer related clerical tasks and occasionally, light HTML coding (very light!).

Contact Janine (txmomx6), SSLF National Volunteer Coordinator, if you'd like to do something that isn't listed here, or if you have any questions.

3. Spread the good word.

  • Talk about us. If SSLF programs have helped you, tell your friends, family, and community members about them. Your personal testimony is powerful!
  • Pass out our "outreach cards" in your community to show others they are not alone. They're free in our shop!
  • Wear the message. SSLF T-shirts like "Widows Rock" and "Death Sucks" give you a choice about how you wear your experiences, and you know they will start conversations. We've just updated the "Widows Rock!" store with new items, and offered some special sales, too. Check it out!
  • Be social. Most SSLF programs include a social media component. We encourage you to share our content, your experiences, and how YOU get involved through Facebook, Twitter, and other forums.

By being here on this site and sharing your experiences, you ARE making a difference. We encourage but do not require any more involvement and we will NEVER require a financial contribution to participate in Widowed Village.

Thanks for your support!

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