Nashville 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

Cheryl S.

I have lived in middle Tennessee most of my life. My husband, Mike, and I met through mutual friends in Nashville. We were married for 25 years and had two wonderful sons. Our worst day was September 24, 2018, the day Mike passed away from a heart attack. It was only a week before his 55th birthday and two weeks before our 26th anniversary.

A tough year later, I found MWC online and began attending the meetings. What a wonderful group of ladies who have lived so many different experiences but, in this group, together, our one shared experience creates a very special sisterhood.

Gerri G.

Raised in Atlanta, GA. I attended the University of GA. and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Married my college sweetheart, Jim, in 1983 and became a proud Air Force Wife. We had a son, and while stationed in CA I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling. In 1990 my husband became ill with a service-related illness, which resulted in his early retirement, a move to FL to be close to family, and a Heart Transplant. After the transplant, Jim fought hard to get back to normal life but passed away in July of 1993 at the age of 33; our son was 8 yrs. old and I was 32. I felt devastated and alone but I knew I had to pick myself up and take care of my son and provide for my small family. I earned my License in Counseling and found a full-time job as a Bereavement Counselor for Hospice in Jacksonville, FL. In 1999 I decided to move back to GA. I was able to find work as a Clinical Program Manager for a managed care company. I was a single working mom for 7 years. I remarried in 2000. After 18 years of marriage to my second husband, Phil, the unthinkable happened, he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I was his sole caregiver, and 3 weeks after being admitted to a hospice in GA, he passed away in August 2018.

In 2019, I decided to downsize so I sold almost everything and moved to Thompsons Station, TN to be close to my son and his growing family. I worked from home till March 2020. I found I had lost my passion for my work and decided to retire early.

I am now focusing on building a new life once again. This is the first time I have lived alone and the first time I am not working as an adult. I stumbled upon Modern Widows Club while searching online for local Widow Groups. I started attending zoom meeting in 2020 and felt immediately supported and understood by the incredible women of the Nashville MWC group. I am blessed to have had two loves in my life and a wonderful son and 3 grandchildren. I am open to what life has for me and ready to help other widows.

Our Amazing Sponsors

Thank you to our generous donors in partnering with us to further expand our efforts to reach widows in the Nashville area.

Thank you to our Private Donors

Dignity Memorial, Jeff Duffer

jeffrey.duffer@dignitymemorial.com
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