Virtual Community and Support Group for Widows
We are excited to have launched Virtual Communities for our Wisters who do not have communities near them or have a specific need.
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
Cindy lost her husband Mike to a sudden heart attack in July of 2011. Her husband was 60 years old, self-employed and, due to several life challenges, they were not prepared for retirement let alone a sudden loss of income due to death. Because of the impact from her husband’s death Cindy has found her passion in serving widows by leading two locations in the Seattle area. She has two grown daughters and married Robert in April 2015. They have travelled to Kenya and met Roseline Orwa with the widows and orphans Rona Foundation. Cindy was humbled and honored to speak to 3 widows groups, and she and Robert assisted with building a home for a widow and visited the orphanage. Moving forward and reaching back to honor the life and love of her husband Mike.
How I found the Modern Widows Club: I found MWC online through Facebook and their website in early August 2011. I was so drawn to the positive role modeling in how to walk this journey that I traveled to Florida, and in January 2013 began the Seattle Community.
Jennifer is a writer, speaker, teacher, dreamer and dog lover. She lost her husband in 2015 in a tragic fire that took his life and destroyed the historic building, a 130-year-old church in rural Wisconsin, that they had renovated and used as an architectural studio and community gathering place.
A random invitation from a stranger led Jennifer to MWC. It was there that she found the loving support that she needed to help her heart heal. She is grateful for the amazing women of MWC and especially Carolyn Moor for her vision, inspiration, and courage to blaze a trail and shine her light.
Cindy married her first love before her senior year in college and raised two daughters in her husband’s hometown in New Hampshire. Her husband Benny, who was beloved by so many of the students he mentored and coached through the years, died of kidney cancer at age 58 in 2013. Cindy was 56 and heard about MWC from a stranger. She began following it on Facebook and loved the positive outlook and emphasis on growth and resilience. COVID gave her the opportunity to attend the annual conference on Zoom and begin attending the monthly virtual meeting. She is excited to get more involved as a co-advocate and hopes to start a local MWC Community someday.
After many years working with college students, Cindy has shifted to a community ministry with The Navigators. She works primarily with a new non-profit called Kearsarge Neighborhood Partners, which matches local volunteers with families in crisis until they reach a place of more stability and connection. Cindy enjoys spending time with her 5 grandchildren in NH and PA and her mom in Cape Cod, MA. She loves to be active outdoors and is developing her skills in photography.
Karen has experienced widowhood twice in her life. She lost her first husband Bob to cancer in 1999 and her second husband Michael to ALS in 2018. Karen has learned ways to kindle her resilience through her artistic talents and finding new ways to challenge herself. She loves to write, draw and paint. She also loves traveling and being outdoors playing or walking with her beloved dog Guinness. Karen also enjoys the beach, boating and is a proficient angler.
Karen found the MWC through a non-widowed friend that thought she would resonate with the positive messages that MWC hopes to instill in women after the loss of their partners. She is grateful to have found such an inspiring organization filled with supportive women with the desire to help each other regain their footing in life as they move forward to lead a life that was completely unimagined but entirely possible with grace and fortitude.
Karen’s dream is to become a writer and speaker on the topics of resilience and reinventing your life after loss.