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I have been a member here over 4 years. Its where I come in the evenings and weekends for company. The chat room has been such a great help to me. There are people to talk to that know what you are feeling. No matter what you are feeling that day is dragging you down or  something good happening or just to have some company, it is a great place to communicate. Things you never think you could say because no one understands can be shared. We have a great group of people here. Chat has been slow lately and I am sad about that. I think some members are missing out. Please try chat!!!!!!!! If you come in and sounds like everyone knows everyone and you think you are interrupting PLEASE JOIN IN. We may be just discussing daily events but please know we want to meet others and help anyway we can. I want to see chat alive and humming again! Blessings to you all!

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Comment by AEDforever (Ali) on October 7, 2015 at 12:55pm

Excellent post Steph!  I don't know why there was a certain time when a number of us met here online and began an epic "group" friendship.  But I am very grateful for it.  WV chat is THE place that helped me make it through.  So many wonderful people, now lifelong friends I believe.  We lift each other up.  And I was allowed to say ANYTHING I wanted to that would help me! 

Comment by Dianne in Nevada on September 20, 2015 at 8:32am

The Chat Room has been a wonderful place for so many to develop lasting friendships. When I joined WV in February 2011 during BETA testing I was just 4 months out. It became my go-to place each evening when I got home from work ... to connect with my widow friends, to share, to laugh, to cry, to bond. I spent HOURS there every single day and it was exactly what I needed as I sheltered myself in my home whenever I wasn't working. I even met some of those special people in person at Camp Widows (& Disneyland!) and I'm FB friends with many who no longer visit WV as they've remarried and moved on to their new lives. I'm very grateful I had Widowed Village and the Chat Room during those early times.

I don't stop into Chat much any more ... for no other reason than I just don't have the time. Chat isn't for everyone. When there are a lot of people in there, the discussion can move quickly and it can be hard for newbies to follow. That's ok. Some may come back in at a slower time; some just don't care for the chat format and prefer to have their conversations in the groups or forums. That's why WV offers all of the different ways for us to communicate with one another. 

A couple of Chat Room Notes:  The Chat Room is not monitored and the discussion threads are not saved in the system - so leaving a message there for someone who isn't currently in the Chat Room doesn't work, as the discussion eventually scrolls off the page and disappears. You can leave a comment on any member's profile page - or you can request them as a friend and then have the ability to send/receive private messages within WV.  

And remember that the "Members Online" display you see in the Chat Room is not an accurate indicator of who is actually viewing the chat discussion. It shows who has opened up Widowed Village (and even that isn't always reliable) so they could be reading &/or posting in any of the other areas of WV.

Comment by Snow (Jan) on September 17, 2015 at 6:16am

I agree with you Steph also this is a caring, understanding place to be. It has meant a lot to me too.. Chat was slow over the summer for some reason but new people have been joining which is sad and good. I am glad that I have made new friends here and I look forward to chatting with them, catching up on things but also sharing their and my own concerns, upsets and really difficult moments. It's nice to be able to leave messages too when you haven't spoken with someone in awhile.  SO invite people as your friend  and come to chat, it will make a difference in your day.  

Comment by Marsha on September 14, 2015 at 11:58pm

Chat has been a life saver for me over the 4 years I've been a member. I have made new friends who are now a part of my family. The closeness and love we share is incredible. Yes the ones of us who have been here for a while have gotten to know one another. Do not feel like you are interrupting a conversation. If you need someone to talk to on a bad day we are there. Even now new friends are made and, while I am sad another has had to join this club, the new friendship offers me a chance to grow and evolve. Hope others who are new will consider coming in and making themselves known. I would love to meet you and help in any one I can.

Comment by Morgana (Janet) on September 14, 2015 at 10:33am

I agree Steph. It has been a life saver for me and others.  I enjoy meeting new members even though I am sad for the reason any of us have to be here. It is a great place to be and to talk with others. It's amazing at the new friends you make even in chat. You find you aren't crazy after all.  You don't feel quite so lonely. 

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