Winston-Salem Community and Support Group for Widows
We are excited to serve widows from all walks and stages of life in our community of Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. We do have a special place in our widow hearts for widows with children at home, although our desire is to serve all widows regardless of stage of life. It is important to us as community advocates to encourage the reduction of mental-health/substance-use stigma after widowhood and to encourage widows to seek treatment, provide a safe, non-judgmental space, and an environment that creates the desire to thrive. Giving back is also a part of our values and we will plan to discuss how we can give back to our area as a community.
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
I met and married Michael and we soon become a family of 3. He always said he wanted to grow old and have a “Ruth and Roy type love”. They were our neighbors who had been married longer than most people live. On a Wednesday night after our son had Taekwondo testing, I become a widow at the age of 32 when my husband died of a massive heart attack; left to raise our 6 year old son. I made sure that I let myself grieve and stay down a bit, but also picked myself up, often with help from others. I am so grateful and proud to say I not only survived, but now I’m living. It is not easy, it’s intentional.
I met and married my husband, Don, and we became a blended family as he had two sons from a previous marriage. A few years later, our daughter arrived to complete our family. At the age of 46, Don passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism. I was 42, and our children were ages 19, 14, and 5. It has been three years since Don passed away, and it still feels surreal. I appreciate the support of Modern Widows Club, which allows me to laugh, cry, and vent with other women who understand. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to get to know other widows through their journey.