Fargo 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 Advocate
Jessica met her late husband, Justin, a week before she graduated high school and they fell in love over that transitional summer before college. He was her first boyfriend, and the best friend she had ever had. They got married in February 2011 and lived and worked in Fargo until they had a big job opportunity that took them to Casper, Wyoming in late summer of 2014. One month later, on September 23rd, 2014 Justin and his assistant manager died as a result of a car accident when returning from a work trip to Denver. Justin was the passenger and was only 30 years old.
When Justin died, Jessica lost her husband, her home, and her job, all in an instant. She had only been in Casper a month and needed to return home to her family for support. She and Justin had been together 11 years. They had grown up and grown together over such a formative decade of their lives, and now here she was, a widow at age 29.
Since losing her husband, Jessica has moved and traveled around, but has returned to Fargo to be close to her family, including four nieces. She had first met with members of Modern Widows Club in Seattle in 2016, then more at the first Widow Empowerment Event in Orlando 2017. With every encounter, her world grew bigger. Connecting with other women on this journey and heeding MWC’s call for widows to thrive and grow has done so much for Jessica’s healing. When she lost Justin, she knew that the road ahead was dark and painful. She was willing to do the work (and grief IS work), but she needed to see that there was something on the other side, maybe even joy and love again. Modern Widows Club is changing the narrative on what it means to be a widow, and Jessica is honored to bring the hope and community of MWC to Fargo!