Seattle 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 Advocate

Rachel V.

James and I were a Godwink as if a coincidence so astonishing it appeared as divine intervention from heaven. We were together for 23 years. His hands were like large paws, and when I hugged him, I felt invincible. James laughed the loudest in any crowd and loved to sing and dance. Even though he sounded like a lounge singer, he was one hundred percent my rockstar! I cried during his Fast and Furious movies, and he cried during my Hallmark Christmas movies. A loyal and caring giant. He was completely devoted to his friends and family and always the first to step up and volunteer. Everyone was his friend. I loved James to the core of my soul! He held my heart and knew me like no other. If I failed at something, he would pick me up and believe in me until I succeeded—my loudest cheerleader.

On a brisk Sunday afternoon, we parted in different directions, kissing each other one final goodbye. A tragic motorcycle accident left me a widow and single mother to our four amazing children. I was left broken and lost. I was completely shellshocked. Everything was whirling around in my head. The death of my soulmate was more than I could bear; I had no idea what to do. I found myself on a spiritual journey where I learned who I was and what I was destined to do. I searched, I listened, and I found Modern Widows Club, where people listened to what I needed. A community of women that truly understood me.

This amazing organization filled with beautiful, spirited women who wanted the same thing I wanted to be happy again and not pitied. Women who wanted to be valued and respected. Some of us, like me, wanted to be a mother who my children were inspired by. Women all running the same marathon at different speeds and different mile markers, supporting one another without judgment. I discovered that the handbooks were wrong! There were no written rules about grief. It was then I began to reshape my life. I thought, “I can help!” I felt the calling. Every cell in my body sparked with excitement. My whole soul’s purpose shifted; I redesigned my whole life and began to lead. So, now I serve people who are searching for their own path and who are ready to explore what comes next. I began my business’ Living Beyond Grief. ‘I now wake up every day helping my fellow Wisters create an inspired life after loss. Serving as a guide for those searching for ways to navigate life’s widow challenges while inspiring possibilities dreamed of and to create new beginnings.