Widow Survivors of Suicide Virtual Community and Support Group for Widows
This is a virtual chapter. Contact the Community Advocates for meeting details.
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
Patti has worked in the nonprofit world for the past forty years, retiring from Young Life in 2019, after twenty years with a focus on development, women in philanthropy, and training staff on best practices. During the last several years she was campaign director tasked with the challenge to build a camp for youth in Armenia, which opened its doors to teens in 2017. It was during this time in her life that her husband of 37 years took his life, leaving a daughter, son, daughter-in-law and three grandsons behind.
With the help of other widows and survivors of suicide, she found the strength and resilience to finish this project. Patti has had the opportunity to serve on many boards as well as train other organizations on the art of fundraising and nonprofit management – Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mental Health America, Catapult, German Texas Heritage Society and Stoney Creek Ranch to name a few. Prior to her work with Young Life Patti worked as volunteer coordinator for Lake Travis ISD, facilitating grief groups at For the Love of Christi, and leading a team at Electronic Data Systems that managed the Medicaid contract for the state of Texas.
Patti believes it has been a life time of experiences, good and bad, that have prepared her to work with the group within Modern Widows Club, Widows Surviving Suicide. It is with a deep desire to walk this journey with other widows that she is committed to launching this virtual meeting.
Stacey has been a member of the widow community since 2009 and is raising her 13 year daughter, Bryn. She has been a fitness instructor for over 20 years and has helped changed many lives through her leadership and commitment. When Stacey’s daughter was born, she was the founding mother of Stroller Strides which helped her manage the transition to motherhood and she could empower other women needing support. She was introduced to MWC through her financial support team. They identified a huge need for a safe and supportive community that can help widows move from grief to growth. She leads the Southern New Hampshire Chapter as well as the new Widow Survivors of Suicide Virtual Chapter.
Yes, that is her real name! Sunshine became one of the original members of the Modern Widows Club in 2011, when she lost her husband at the age of 36. MWC Founder Carolyn Moor mentored her and she relaunched her life from scratch, going back to school and earning a Master’s Degree in Human Communication. Sunshine wrote her Master’s Thesis about widow bloggers and dedicated it to MWC and Carolyn, and now she works with MWC as our Social Media Coordinator.
Take a look at Sunshine’s thesis and discover what she found out about the ways widows respond when they are attacked online. https://stars.library.ucf.edu/etd/4492/
A native of Islamorada, Florida, Sunshine has worked for more than 15 years in digital marketing, human resources, and event management both in Washington, D.C. and Orlando. Sunshine taught Communication and Social Media at the University of Central Florida, where she earned her MA in Mass Communication. She owns a marketing agency called Marketing Sunshine that serves a variety of clients in the technology, hospitality and nonprofit sectors. She has two adult children and is based in Orlando, Florida, but spends several months per year traveling as a digital nomad.