Monday Mourning Widow Series #5: 6 Online Resources for Widows

As a widow, it’s impossible to not feel alone.

I know that I’m not. I have plenty of supportive family and friends. But I can never completely shake that empty, lonely feeling in my chest.

Obviously the main cause of feeling so incredibly alone is the fact that I lost my husband. My other half. My partner in crime. My best friend. The terms of endearment could go on and on.

But it’s also because there is nobody that completely gets it. My family and friends have been great through all of this, but they just can’t completely relate or understand what I’m going through.

So, I wanted to gather together several online resources for widows. As a widow, you may not know where to turn for help, or what you need to be doing, or even just who you can talk to. And as a friend of a widow, you may feel just as lost. So hopefully someone finds this list helpful. Please share with anyone you think may need it.

6 Online Resources for Widows, communities and foundations that can provide emotional and financial support to widows with children - Monday Mourning Widow Series - www.MePlus3Today.com

This list is by no means all encompassing. I will likely add to it, or at least write another post and link them together. But for starters, this is what I have:

6 Online Resources for Widows

1. Soaring Spirits International –  They have SO MUCH to offer including a Widowed Pen Pal Program, Widow’s Voice Blog, and Widowed Village which is an online community where you are sure to find someone who understands. This is definitely one of my favorite resources.

2. Social Security (in the United States) – I always thought of Social Security as something for retired people. But widows and/or her children may be eligible for Survivors Benefits. I know it’s the last thing a widow wants to think about, but a family member or friend of a widow should begin looking into it as soon as possible for her.

3. Acts of Simple Kindness – This is an organization that offers financial assistance for widows’ children to pursue extracurricular activities in education, sports, music, and the arts.

4. The Liz Logelin Foundation – This foundation was created by a young widower, Matt Logelin, when his wife passed away just 1 day after their daughters birth. It offers grants for things such as house payments, utility bills, or even a special family outing, to widows and widowers with dependent children under the age of 18. Matt also wrote a book, {affiliate link} Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love, that a young widow might appreciate.

5. The Grief Toolbox – This is not specific to widows, but it’s for anyone who has experienced loss. They have blog posts, quotes, and poems on their site. I prefer to follow them on Facebook because they post many quotes that I can just completely relate to.

6. Open to Hope – They offer articles, podcasts, and videos that a widow may find helpful and relatable. This is another group that I like to follow on Facebook in order to stay updated with their latest posts.

There is one more resource that I wanted to include in this list, but for some reason, I can’t think of the name of it right now. Darn widow brain! So frustrating! But I plan to compile another list of resources soon, and hopefully I will remember it by then.s

I hope these online resources for widows will help someone out there. Please share this post in order to get it in the hands of the people who need it most.

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Sybil Brun
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What an outstanding list of resources that will make all the difference for the precious women who need them most! I know there are many others out there who need to see this so I'm sharing on facebook now! Have you heard of Both Hands? Mentioned them here and immediately thought of you when I did! http://thewellstudio.co/simple-ideas-to-serve-well/

Sarah @ Me Plus 3... TODAY!
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Thank you so much Sybil! I haven't heard of Both Hands, but I'm going to check it out now!

Tina Marie Ernspiker
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Great article! Thanks for sharing! Unfortunately in this world this is something many of could face now or will face in the future. #ibabloggers

Katie Wassink
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This is a post that can help so many people. I'm glad you have used your experience for the good and for the good of others who may find themselves in the same walk of life. Bless you! Stay strong! #ibabloggers

Carol Soo
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Hi Sara, After the loss of my daughter (11 years old) and my surrogate daughter (20) at the time of the accident that took their life in 2001. I started the Grief Group Board – Where Love And Pain Never Ends on Pinterest. Someone pinned your site on our board. I came and checked out your site. Thank you for reaching out to others, grief is a life long journey. Our Grief board has people who are dealing with all kinds of grief from all over the world. I was going to ask you… when you compose another list of… Read more »
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I was very happy to find this site. I need to to thank you for your
time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely liked every
bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to look at new things
in your blog.

Mary Lee Robinson
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Excellent list! Thank you. I’m a widow blogger as well @ widsnextdoor.com, on Pinterest, Facebook and am a co-branded vendor & author on The Grief Toolbox. I’m also a certified Grief Coach. I may have some resources you may enjoy. I’d also love to chat about the prospect of guest posting on our blogs, reciprocally. Let’s talk!

carmen garza
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Hello,
My husband passed away 7 months ago, after 30 years of marriage, I was heartbroken, so difficult it was to pass through the day. and then 2 months exactly after his passing, I discovered that he had a liaison for more than 10 years, with somebody that worked with him. Now I feel completely worthless, I’m a christian, I know that Jesus died in the cross for my, but my husband was everything for me, I used to feel so proud of him, I never ever suspected anything, how I’m supposed to live now

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