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

Jennifer C.

Born and raised on Long Island in New York and newly transplanted in Bellevue TN.  I am an avid reader and music fan, I am also the mother of Twenty year old twin girls from a very difficult first Marriage. My late husband Jim was my beautiful Chapter two.

Jim and I met several years post-divorce and fell for each other instantly. We had a whirl wind relationship that ended way too soon. On January 16, 2014 while out for an early morning run he was hit and killed in a hit and run accident. We had been married for a year and three months, and together just under three years.

Shortly after the accident I decided that I needed to find some sort of support from someone or something other than my family. They were doing the best they could but let’s face it they had no idea what I was really going through. I started a web search for support groups and stumbled upon the Modern Widow’s Group. To me the name said it all.  It wasn’t some old fashioned approach that couldn’t relate to today’s social and financial struggles.  So I joined! The area didn’t have a community yet but in reading what I could on the website and joining the Facebook page was helpful.  Shortly after a community was launched on Long Island and I was able to meet a few ladies as well as Carolyn.  Unfortunately the meetings were a far drive for me as at the time I was living on the far eastern point of the Island and the meetings were on the other end so I only made a few but I had the connections.

Fast forward four plus years, I decided that I just couldn’t make it on LI so I moved here to Nashville and to my happy surprise discovered that MWC was going to launch a community in my new hometown. I am still not sure how but very quickly I decided that I wanted to help and volunteered to be the Co-Advocate of the new community.

I am looking forward to this new beginning and making new friendships with my fellow Wisters.

Rebecca R.

What brought me to the Modern Widow’s Group: I was married for seven years, produced a wonderful son and then divorced. Four years later I married an older man with three adult children. After 14 years of marriage, he passed from cancer at age 59. Completely broken and alone, a wonderful man I dated 18 years prior appeared in my life. He too had lost a spouse to cancer and we found our soul mates. Again, after 14 years of marriage and my recent retirement, he died suddenly April 18, 2018, and I was totally alone again. This time, I had no job and no children to care for.

I had known Carolyn Moor professionally for 16 years and she immediately reached out to me. Her sincere, loving concern showed me there was a life after the loss of two husbands. I joined the group and want to be as active as possible. To me, this is the only way to truly experience and learn from others. I am thrilled a Nashville community has been launched and I’m anxious to learn from my Wisters. I was born in Nashville and lived my entire life here. I love Nashville and would not dream of moving away. I have family to support me, but I need the support and friendship that I believe the Modern Widow’s Group can provide.

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

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