Widows / Widowers
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International. 3000+ groups. Founded 1974. Religious, educational and emotional aspects of separation, divorce, remarriage and widowhood are addressed through self-help groups, conferences and training programs. Families of all faiths are welcome. Group development guidelines. Newsletter. Membership dues start at $35/yr. (includes newsletter, discounts and resources).
Catholic Divorce Ministry - NACSDC
P.O. Box 10
Hancock, MI 49930
International. 78 teams. Founded 1974. Christian-based. Support programs for divorced, widowed and separated adults (and their children) enabling them to work through the grief of a lost marriage.
The Beginning Experience
c/o International Ministry, Inc.
1657 Commerce Dr., Suite 2B
South Bend, IN 46628
Voice: 574-283-0279 or 1-866-610-8877
National. 54 chapters. Founded 1984. Provides resources for the surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal criteria. Also offers law enforcement training. Quarterly newsletter, departmental guidelines and peer support. Provides annual national Police Survivors Conference each May during National Police Week. Special hands-on programs for survivors. Summer camp for children (ages 6-14) and their parent/guardian. Parents' retreats, spouse get-away, Outward Bound experiences for young adults (ages 15-20), siblings retreat, adult children and in-laws, fiance/significant others and co-worker retreats.
P.O. Box 3199
846 Old South 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
National. 24 chapters. Founded 1968. Support and assistance for widows of members of all U.S. uniformed services. Helps people in coping with adjustment to life on their own. Promotes public awareness. Bimonthly magazine/journal. Dues $19/yr. Chapter development guidelines. Online listing of local chapters.
Society of Military Widows
5535 Hempstead Way
Springfield, VA 22151
Voice: 1-800-842-3451 ext. 1005 or 253-750-1342
Online. 2350 members. Founded 2004. Support and understanding for any widow, widower or person who has suffered the death of a partner. Open to those with recent or remote losses, and regardless of creed, nationality or sexual orientation.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
National network. Mutual support network run by and for widows who have lost a spouse in the military. Provides peer-to-peer and educational support through site, film and events .
National. Develops and runs programs to connect widowed people. Programs include Camp Widow, a weekend of support and learning; Widowed Village, an online community; Widow's Voice, daily blog posts; Widowed Pen Pal, one-on-one connections. All programs are open to men and women of all ages who have lost their partners.
Online. * Provides a forum for young widows and widowers to connect with others. Exchange experiences, information and support. Provides listing of local support groups also.
Website: http://www.ywbb.org or http://www.ywbb.org/supportgroups.shtml
National. Founded in 2012. Helps educate and bring men together, promoting the development of support groups for men to share and manage their grief, get through a debilitating time in their lives, and adjust to a new life. Provides information on existing men's support groups, some of which are professionally-run. Operates a 'Widower to Widower' peer support phone service. Publishes a guide for how to develop a men's self-help group for spousal loss. Also advocates for research into men's unique needs to deal with grief and spousal loss.
Model. 1 group in North Carolina. Founded 2010. * Support for fathers with children who lost their spouses to cancer and have had to adjust to becoming sole parents, as they work through their own grief and that of their children. Offers support, information and resources for fathers (click on 'For Fathers'). This group was started by professionals, who indicate that they will strive to help 'create support groups for single fathers due to cancer in areas where there is enough interest' - they invite interested fathers and/or supportive healthcare professionals to contact them. Helps professionals to understand the many challenges and issues that these fathers face (click on 'For Professionals').
Univ. NC at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 7218
Chapel Hill, NC 27599