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We're friends, not doctors, financial or legal professionals, and we're not "grief experts." But we are here, and we've been "there."

You can go half way around the world….

and find out some things:

1) I'm in South Africa, volunteering in an after school program for high school students.  They  get out of their school early and arrive here at 10 or noon.  They study very hard and stay often until 6 pm.  The days they come are Tuesday through Sunday.  It is very intense work as these students have been selected to receive this extra boost so that they may rise up out of their circumstances and have opportunities they might otherwise never have had.  (They hug and smile a lot!)

So, this is a new venture indeed…but I found out grief does travel with you.  And the computer does also, so I am so glad to still be able to communicate with caring souls, since those immediately surrounding me do not all know my story….and that is well enough.

2)  You can have your own Widow Camp half way around the world.  I met someone on WV last year from South Africa. We have had spirited emails with each other, and because I rashly signed up to come here for a month, we electronic widow pals will be meeting soon.  We are having a Widow Camp of 2!!  Hooray.  We are quite excited.  

It is wonderful indeed to have new understanding friends, even more wonderful to meet and become a real person for each other.

Staying connected - it means a lot.

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Comment by Pat on November 15, 2013 at 10:50pm

Thanks for all your encouragements, everyone.  I am certainly not in the comfortable zone of my own home and my own bed!  :)  In one week, I shall meet my WV friend - which will be just before I fly home.  I think it will be  a lovely ending to quite the exhausting but rewarding experience.  

Comment by Mstexan on November 14, 2013 at 12:04pm

Pat, what a wonderful experience and adventure for you.  Talk about "getting out of your comfort zone"!  I am sure that it is a soul-stirring experience to help these  young people improve their lives and open up your own life, as well.  So glad to hear that you will be meeting up with a fellow WV friend!  Sounds wonderful!

Comment by Joyce on November 13, 2013 at 12:51pm

Oh Pat, I'm so excited about this adventure of yours, I hope it turns out to be an adventure.  Yes, grief does travel with us.  Yay for your Camp Widow of 2 in South Africa.  Meeting with other widows is good for the soul.  Hugs, please keep us posted

Comment by Morgana (Janet) on November 10, 2013 at 6:55pm

How wonderful Pat.  Yes even a Widow Camp for 2 is good.  Enjoy your new friends and glad you are doing some thing as wonderful as volunteering.  Hugs.

Comment by only1sue on November 10, 2013 at 2:23pm

That is a lovely thought, that you can have a Camp for two.  Hope you get a lot of joy out of what you are doing for others and learn new strengths to see you through some of the hardship of grieving.  Building a "new you" is important and this month away seems like a great beginning.

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