Widowed Village is a public forum. Your anonymity is protected mostly by your choice of a username that doesn't reveal your true identity to Google.
However, there are some situations where you may feel the need to be a bit more private -- where you don't want Google to index or find your words. For those conversations, we have added private discussions (List of Widville Groups).
Our expectation is that MOST of your sharing can be done in our public forums. These conversations provide great comfort and terrific information for the vast number of widowed visitors who never join our service.
When you are in a private discussion here, please remember you're still bound by the Widville Terms of Service and "Village Values," and you still own your words.
We provide groups as a way of identifying other members who may be similar to you, such as those with similar losses, losses in the same year, those with similar parenting situations as you, and those of your age and gender. Groups may be a good place to find new friends, and you can message freely among each other even without being Widville friends.
Because we are an inclusive community and because we have found we learn from our differences, we feel this is a more useful way to connect you than providing separate discussion areas for each small cluster of people.
However, we also wanted to add a more private form of discussion areas for those folks and topics that may be more sensitive. So, A FEW (but not all) of Widville's groups host discussions.