Minneapolis West Community and Support Group for Widows
Our Mission for Widows
We serve to empower widows to “lean into life,” build resilience and release their potential to make a positive difference in the world.
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
Shelly’s husband, Supe (Jerry), died unexpectedly 4 days post-surgery less than a year after he was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Becoming a Widow at 47 wasn’t something she was prepared for, but finding Modern Widows Club has shown her that you can continue to live and thrive. Being there for new widows, to help them see that as well, has become a passion for her. Shelly and her two teenage daughters live in Cologne, MN – about 30 miles west of Minneapolis. Shelly works in Client Services and spends most of her free time at her daughters sporting activities.
Alicia’s husband, Mel, died unexpectedly in his sleep and was later determined to have an enlarged heart. Suddenly a widow at 41 with a 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter was something no one should have to experience alone. Her twice-widowed aunt helped in the early days, and Alicia found MWC shortly thereafter. Her passion is in helping other widows grow as they move forward in widowhood. Alicia lives in Maple Grove, MN (a northwest suburb of Minneapolis) and enjoys traveling around the globe, attending sporting events and reading. When not hauling her now teenage son to hockey/goalie practices or exploring local trails with her daughter, she consults with local businesses on training, documentation and operations/database efficiencies.