Support Groups for Widows
Support groups for widows can be found in many places. I am updating this post since it was originally published with new ideas on how to gain support from women and men who are walking the widows journey.
In the past, I attended a luncheon sponsored by a local funeral home and partner of the LIFT Program. I wanted to see firsthand what they have to offer for widows/widowers.
The LIFT program is a social support program that provides monthly luncheons and various other outings and activities. It’s a really good way for widows and widowers to connect with people who understand what they are going through.
The LIFT program often features guest speakers on a variety of topics, and these events are totally free too.
Benefits Of Joining A Widow Support Group
The benefits of the LIFT group and other support groups for widows and widowers are many:
1. Provides a place to meet others who have lost their spouse, others who understand your loss.
2. Provides support from feeling isolated and alone
3. Opportunity to meet new friends
4. Great way to participate in organized activities without feeling like the 3rd wheel (often those who have lost a spouse feel like the 3rd wheel with their friends that have spouses)
LIFT offers groups nationwide. you can click on this link to find one nearest you.
*My personal experience today was that the group was all seniors. That’s not to say all groups all the same so be sure to ask the organizer the ages of the attendees.
MANY OTHER GROUPS
There are many ways to get out into the community and simply not be alone. Most cities have a ‘community center’ that offers a calendar of events. The most difficult is taking the first step out of our comfort zone to meet new people. Here are other suggestions to check into;
– Community Centers
– Senior Centers
– VFW (for Veterans)
A reader of this blog said she knows of widow groups posted on www.meetup.com – this is a great suggestion especially for younger people who are tech savvy and willing to get out into the community.
When in doubt, do a “Google” search for Widow Support Groups + City Name if you want to meet in-person. Often you will find a widowed person who has started the group after going through their own journey and are now there to support newly widowed people.
There are organizations online that offer events nationally for widows, one such group is called “Soaring Spirits.”
Remember, you don’t have to be alone. If you can’t find a group in your area, contact me and I will try to help!