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 partners’ 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 loved one she tends to feel very alone. Regardless of her age or circumstances, she will benefit from 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

Katie C.

Katie moved to Texas from New York in early 2012, later that year she met the love of her life, Nick. He was everything she was missing in life, he was her true soulmate. Not only did he complete her, she completed him. The year Nick turned 30 he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Nick was the strongest person on the planet and truly lived life to the fullest. Nick fought hard but when the disease metastasized to his brain he lost his battle in a short 3.5 months at the age of 37.

Katie was broken and felt incredibly alone navigating this new chapter. As much as her family and friends tried they couldn’t fully understand the depth of her loss and pain. She discovered MWC and connected with local widows and felt seen and understood for the first time. Katie is determined to never let another widow feel as she did in early grief. She feels called to support others on their grief journey and feels its important for all widows to know they are not alone she will be there to walk along side of the brokenhearted.

Katie is a Certified Yoga Instructor (Soul Strong Yoga, 2020), a Certified Grief Educator (, 2022) and is currently enrolled in MWC’s Spring 2023 PIVOT mentorship program with MWC founder Carolyn Moor.

Lauri T.

Lauri is a mother of two daughters; grandmother to four awesome grandkids. Lauri moved from The Woodlands, TX to Austin in 2013 to be near family after losing her husband, Tom, of 15 years. She was very lucky to have had great community support in The Woodlands after the death of her husband. She believes it’s important to have people and community to walk with on the widow journey.

Lauri enjoys golf, traveling, being with friends and family and volunteering. She volunteers at The Settlement Home for Children and Doss Elementary School Library.