Austin Community and Support Group for Widows
Our Mission for Widows
We serve to empower widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in society.
Modern Widows Club is designed to create a safe and private environment for widows to lean into life together through the journey.
We are the club no one wants to be in because you only get in by virtue of experiencing a great loss. Yet what I hope you find once you’re here is that you’re surrounded by a community of really amazing women that you can lean on and learn from. We’re widows helping widows to live– to go upward and onward. Sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh. We talk about how to tackle challenges without our husbands’ help and cheer each other on. We often share food as we do this, because who doesn’t like to eat?
When a woman loses her husband she tends to feel very alone. Regardless of her age or circumstances, she can use other women in her life who understand the unique challenges she is now faced with. She needs women who will build her up and encourage her in this new life she walks. We are stronger together. No woman is an island. We need each other.
Meet Our Community Advocates
I was born in Texas, but raised in Hawaii. My father was in the United States Air Force. I lost my husband to brain cancer (Glioblastoma) in 2015. My husband had a servant’s heart. If I can be a blessing to half the people he blessed during his short time on this earth, what a joy that would be. Never in a million years did I expect or think I’d be a widow. I’m sure none of us did. But here we are. Only we understand this type of grief. My Pastor connected me to Carolyn and she introduced me to what Modern Widows Club is about.
Our family moved to Austin from Southern California in 2006. For the next decade my husband, Pat, and I ran a business from our home office and I homeschooled our two wonderful kids. In October of 2016, Pat passed away after a two and a half year battle with cancer. Pat was so funny and always told great stories. He was 13 years older than me and had traveled the world before we met. He had some great adventure stories! Talking with Pat made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. He would stop everything and be fully present if we needed or wanted to talk. I am so thankful to have found Modern Widows Club. From the very first meeting I attended, it felt like a safe place to share the ups and downs of my journey. For the first time since Pat died, I found myself surrounded by women who got it. I am inspired by the strong women who never imagined begin a widow and the ways they are honoring the lives and loves they lost.