Black Widows Virtual Community and Support Group

This is a virtual community. Contact the Community Advocate for meeting details.

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 Advocate

Azurae R.

Azurae lost her husband to lung cancer, at just 27 years old, while 5 months pregnant, with their 10-month-old on her hip. Three years later, during the pandemic in 2020, she founded the progressive nonprofit Young, Black & Widowed Inc. She became a certified Grief Coach and her global nonprofit has now provided peer grief support to more than 2,500 widow(er)s of every age, nationality and religion worldwide. For her efforts in grief support, as well as her service to the Chattanooga, Tennessee community through her advocacy on nonprofit boards, she was named as one of Tennessee’s Top African-American Women in 2022 by the state-wide Tennessee Tribune.

As a grief coach she is honored to lead the Modern Widows Club nonprofit’s “Black Widows Community,” in addition to her own nonprofit’s support group. As an educator she presents her research on young adult grievers in Welcome Home Hospice’s “Demystifying Death” series for university students. As a speaker who stepped away from her background in chemical engineering post-loss, she hosts her “Fuel Your Transformative Passion” seminars, for people who want to choose a new path after experiencing different forms of loss. As an author, she has contributed to a number of grief support books — all set to be released throughout Fall 2023.