Memphis 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
I was widowed on September 18, 2011; my husband Raza, a surgical oncologist for more than 35 years, lost his own battle to Pancreatic Cancer just 11 months after diagnosis. With five grown children living far away from home, two of whom were in their last year of college. I found myself alone, seeking guidance and support to handle my grief and mentorship to handle the responsibilities that lay ahead. In the last decade, I have grown to embrace my newfound position as a widow, expanding my network of friends, coaches and advisors, and planned semi-annual fundraising events to further research and discoveries for cancer and other diseases in Raza’s name. Additionally, I embraced my inner travel bug to not only visit my children and five granddaughters across the country but also endeavored on girls’ trips both alone and with my fellow network of widows and friends. I love to share and educate others about my culture and community. I do it best through my passion and love for cooking, something I regularly share with others across the city. When a friend recommended MWC to me in 2020 and seeing no Memphis chapter, I decided to explore what might be possible and set out to start one.
I look forward to meeting new friends, sharing my story of growth and perseverance and helping others as they face their new roles as widows.