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December 2, 2012

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February 11, 2011

SSLF has helped more people than we will probably ever know. There aren't adequate words to say how they help those in the midst of the most devastating point in their lives to know that they're not ... more

December 2, 2012

Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation has done an amazing thing: it has saved a life. In fact, it has saved many lives. I know that I am here today because of this organization and I am now on the board of SSLF because I believe in it so much. Other widowed people have personally told me their stories and that they, too, wouldn't be alive if it were not for SSLF and the work we do. We support people who find themselves somewhere they never expected to be: widowed and on a very, very hard path. SSLF lets them know that they are not alone and we are here for them. We give unlimited encouragement, hope, strength, moral support, sometimes financial support, and the chance to bond with other young widowed people. And those bonds are instant and strong. This is the most deserving nonprofit I've ever worked with. We give hope. And that's a very big thing to have.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 11, 2011

SSLF has helped more people than we will probably ever know. There aren't adequate words to say how they help those in the midst of the most devastating point in their lives to know that they're not alone and they are understood. I would dare to say that this organization has saved the lives of grieving people ..... figuratively AND literally. We have a place to know that what we are experiencing and feeling is normal .... that we're not crazy and that it's possible to survive. It gives us hope to see that someone who is "further out" is doing OK. We definitely need to help SSLF keep growing to keep helping the thousands and thousands of us out there. There are very few organizations for widows/widowers. And that is a tragedy. SSLF needs this grant to address that tragedy and help more people know that it is possible to live again. Live differently, but live happily, too.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

connecting with other people who "get me". I've met hundreds of people through SSLF and have made life-long friends. I've seen the changes the result when a widow connects with another widow .... I've seen some of the hopelessness change into hope.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only thing I would do is grow it. It needs to be more advertised so that more and more people (widowed OR not) recognize it, but that takes money. The more people who know about it, the more they'll be able to help someone they love who has lost their spouse.

November 7, 2012

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1 previous review
February 11, 2011

Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation has been the turning point in my grief healing. This group has an insight to a part of life that no one wants to talk about or deal with, They offer a support without... more

November 7, 2012

Soaring Spirits offers HOPE to those who have lost a spouse/significant other. I found them a year and a half into my journey of grief after loosing my husband. When you experience the forever life changing event of loosing your spouse, this group offers support like no other. They know the anguish you feel and give you the shoulder you need to lean on, allow you to cry and share. I would not have healing without these beautiful people (men and women).

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 11, 2011

Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation has been the turning point in my grief healing. This group has an insight to a part of life that no one wants to talk about or deal with, They offer a support without judgment to anyone who has lost someone close. Tears are allowed and never frowned upon. There is always a kind word of encouragement and hugs abound.

SSLF is a group that allows you to accept the pain of your loss and the reality of a happy and content future for yourself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have participated in the annual Camp Widow and have met hundreds of other individuals walking on the same path of loss as myself.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot think of anything I would change.

October 16, 2012

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February 10, 2011

I lost my husband to ALS after a 4 year battle. At the time where was no organization or support system for younger widows. Soaring Spirits and Camp Widow provides so much support and encouragement ... more

October 16, 2012

It has been amazing to watch this organization grow and positively impact the lives of so many widowed people. From the face-to-face Camp Widow West and Camp Widow East programs, Widowed Village on-line community, to the Widow's Voice blog. Widowed at a young age, all of the support systems around me were for those much older and none that related to me. I wish this organization had been around years before it was. Amazing organization!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 10, 2011

I lost my husband to ALS after a 4 year battle. At the time where was no organization or support system for younger widows. Soaring Spirits and Camp Widow provides so much support and encouragement to widows and widowers of all ages. Widowhood is not one of those groups you want to become a member of, but through SSLF you regain a sense of hope and community. Amazing!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the programs offered and events that I have attended. There is a sense of not belonging to your married or single groups of friends once you are widowed. Soaring Spirits provices that community and belonging.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure MORE people aware of SSLF, none of us is getting out alive! We need to have a much better support system for those left behind.

February 17, 2012

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1 previous review
February 15, 2011

I have known the founder of this organization for many years and deeply appreciate the amazing service Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation is providing to so many women. As clinical director of a nonprof... more

February 17, 2012

I continue to be amazed at the work being done at Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. It has been an amazing gift to so many who have lost their beloved spouses. Keep up the wonderful mission, Soaring Spirits.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 15, 2011

I have known the founder of this organization for many years and deeply appreciate the amazing service Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation is providing to so many women. As clinical director of a nonprofit social service agency, I had the opportunity to see first hand what a well-run nonprofit organization can do to change the world. SSLF is changing the world in such a concrete and wonderful ways. The work of SSLF is so needed in our world. As a mother, I witnessed the great need for an organization like SSLF when my son died at age 31 and left a young widow and two small children. The resources were slim at the time. Today, SSLF is there changing lives!

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I have experienced the results of this organization through a dear friend of mine who has been involved with SSLF from the very beginning. It is profound for me to see the gifts the women have received, have shared with each other, and are sharing with the world around them.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes noted...it is soaring!

March 2, 2011

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March 2, 2011

Death Sucks! The t-shirt says it all. As a widow of long years, I am pleased to find a peer-organization that understands the need for compassion, humanity, and humor in times when all three can literally save lives and mend emotions.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Remembering what it was like for me, and been presented an opportunity to use my own experience to inform another woman's grief.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Oh, I don't know. They're doing great.

March 1, 2011

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March 1, 2011

I have followed Andrea (andrearemembers) for quite some time and am amazed and astounded at the help, love and support she has received from your Soaring Spirits. I have walked by my Mother's side for 3 plus years since she lost my Dad after 58 years of marriage. Some people would say she is one of the lucky ones, she had a full life with him. Grief is grief regardless of the length of time you had your loved one. I think this soft place to fall for the widows and widowers is such a blessing. Please continue your great work and my God bless you.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have quietly stood by in awe and watched the help and support you give so many griefing people.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a huge donation to help them.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor when i was 9 months pregnant with our second child. He died 3 short weeks later when our daughter was 10 days old and our son was 17 months old. I was 38 years old and had no idea where to go to for support even though I live in a big city.

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turned to the internet to search out people like me...young and widowed. I came across SSLF and the Widow's Voice blog and immediately felt a strong connection to the writers and the other widowed people online. I cannot stress enough how much having these connections have helped me in my journey. I never would have found such a supportive and understanding community without SSLF. They have created an organization that provides resources, support and friendships to those of us in this unenviable club. I'm so thankful for their presence!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have found a lot of healing through reading about the lives of other widows. I have also made some incredible friends through attending Camp Widow. Lastly, it has helped instill a passion in me to reach out to others in this position.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

*Work on holding Camp Widow somewhere in the middle of the country so more people could attend. *Focus on continuous or more frequent fundraising. *Continue to create a national presence.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

Having been introduced unwillingly to the arena of young widows and those facing tragic loss by a member of this organization who is a personal friend, I can speak to the necessity and value of this organization as a vehicle for support, healing and hope. SSLF fills an underserved need....and I, for one, am grateful for their mission and dedication to helping those like my friend journey back to being whole and happy after suffering a devastating loss. My highest recommendation goes to this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they gave my friend a sense of purpose, belonging and support as she grieved and made steps to move forward after her loss. SSLF gave her not only a group of supportive and understanding peers, but a purpose...a drive to turn something devastating into something positive.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

empower them to do more with additional funding through grants and community support!

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

SSLF and Camp Widow made me feel like I wasn't alone. It took being with other widows to finally not feel like one anymore. It is empowering to be connected to a community of people who have experienced a similar tragedy. It shows us that we can indeed survive, and thrive.

There are no
other organizations like SSLF, and no other events like Camp Widow. It fills a unique gap in the care community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am now connected and in regular communication with other young widows who show me strength, courage, and survival.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

SSLF is everything I could expect.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

There are limited resources out there for the recently widowed, but soaring spirits works extremely hard to fill that void. As a young widower with a baby and a toddler I was, and still am, in a extremely small and unfortunate minority. Soaring spirits connected me, and numerous others, with people and resources that I would otherwise be without. Until you're in such a situation you have no idea how import such an organization really is.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the past 20 months of my everyday life!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

there's really nothing i would do other than try to get the word out to as many people as possible

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