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Finding Hope in the Midst of Loss

The pain associated with grieving the loss of a spouse seems almost unbearable at times. It's important to know there are resources in place to help you not only cope but even move forward in the days and months following the death of a spouse. We hope this page, dedicated to widows and widowers, serves that very purpose.


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10 Places Grieving Widows Can Get Help


Alliance of Hope
http://www.allianceofhope.org
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.

American Widow Project
http://americanwidowproject.org
The mission of the American Widow Project is to provide military widows with the vital support through peer-based support programs designed to educate, empower, inspire and assist in rebuilding their lives in the face of tragedy. 

Camp Widow
http://www.campwidow.org
Camp Widow® is a weekend long gathering of widowed people from across the country and around the world. We come together to create a community that understands the life-altering experience of widowhood. Camp Widow® provides practical tools, valuable resources, and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse… all in a fun, uplifting, laughter-filled atmosphere. 

Gary Roe – Healing Is Possible
http://www.garyroe.com/
Gary’s website provides a range of resources on grief and healing, including the Good Grief mini-course that some of our members have drawn benefit from. 

Grief Share
http://www.griefshare.org
Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Modern Widows Club
http://modernwidowsclub.com
A widow mentoring organization. We inspire widows to live a life where anything is possible by being a friend, mentor & advocating in their favor. We hold kindness, compassion & James 1:27 to heart. Moving forward while reaching back.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
http://www.nhpco.org
If your spouse or partner is/was involved in hospice, this organization offers up to one year of free grief counseling. They also offer community outreach counseling for people whose spouse or partner were not in Hospice but still need grief counseling. Finally, if the counseling offered does not meet your needs, contact the bereavement department of your local Hospice as they are usually happy to help you locate grief services and support in your area that is more appropriate for you.

Soaring Spirits International
http://ww.soaringspirits.org
SSLF is an inclusive, non-denominational organization focused on hope and healing through the grieving process. We are positive and forward thinking, while focusing on offering our members the tools and resources they need to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the death of a loved one.

Second Firsts
http://www.secondfirsts.com
Second Firsts was founded in 2010. We provide a scientific and process-oriented approach to releasing pain consciously and methodically by relying on our brain’s ability to give birth to new pathways, new habits and new brain connections. 

Widowed Village
http://widowedvillage.org
Widowed Village connects peers with each other for friendship and sharing. The moderators, administrators, and others involved in running this site are widowed people like you. Peer support is an excellent, social way to learn more about living with loss while gaining the energy and ideas for your path to a new life. 

American Psychological Association (APA) Online Help Center
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/
APA’s Psychology Help Center is an online consumer resource featuring articles and information related to psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being. The website has a number of online resources, including a tool to look up psychological support and counseling in your area.

National Suicide Prevention
Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255),
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called the lifeline for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.

When you dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will listen to your problems and will tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.