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February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

Michele Neff Hernandez of Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation is the most amazing person I have ever met and her organization has made a huge difference in my life. I went to Camp Widow the first time last year August 2010 and it was SUCH an amazing time. I had the BEST time ever. I learned so much. It gave me hope and inspired me to go one with my best foot forward. It was truly amazing to be in a room with 200 other widows. Crazy as it sounds but what a joy. I felt like I didn't have to explain myself and everyone there understood. I didn't feel like I was being judged and could ask questions that only this group would understand. It brought a great amount of comfort. I met AMAZING people. Friends for life. I know if I am down they will be there for me and I will be there for them. Can't wait for Camp Widow 2011. I have already bought my ticket!! Certainly, deserves 5 stars!!!!

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Attending Camp Widow 2010. Looking forward to Camp Widow 2011. Life changing experience!! Could not have been a better experience!!

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I would like to see everyone more often. It felt so amazing being around everyone! I enjoyed making new friends and I'm counting the days til Camp Widow 2011

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

When a friend loses a spouse, I believe there are some limits to the amount of empathy one can have when they have no idea what that person is going through and the dynamics of grief. After my friend attended her first Widows Conference, it became very apparent to me that the compassion and comradery she felt was exactly what her heart and soul needed. As a friend I can lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on, but to be around others who knew what she was going through allowed her to feel "normal" when her world was turned completely upside down.
She decided to host her very own "Widows Rock The Holidays" fundraiser event, and I volunteered items and attended. After being witness to all the hard work and dedication these people put into this organization I can say nothing but wonderful things about Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. Not only have they been a constant support for someone I love, but they help other's from all different walks of life. For someone to have to suffer such a great loss is already difficult enough. To imagine them going through the journey alone would be devastating. Thankfully with an organization like SSLF they are not alone.

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Being involved with the fundraising events, and my friends personal experiences.

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make none.

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

As a founding board member of SSLF I have watched us grow from an idea on a napkin in Texas to a full-fledged organization. When my husband died at the age of 35 in 2005, I was alone and knew no one else who had experienced my brand of loss. Meeting other widows changed my life and helped my healing process in an amazing way. Our goal for SSLF has been to create an environment of support and understanding for the widowed community. I hope those we serve will agree with me when I say that there was nothing like this out there before, and I am proud that when a new widow googles the "word" - we are the answer.

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My life has been dramatically impacted by my relationships with other widows. Although I knew we were helping and making an impact, attending Camp Widow brought home to me what an amazing community SSLF has fostered.

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I'd broaden our reach. There are new widows everyday, I'd like them to find us as soon as possible.

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

I've been a widow for 6 1/2 years -and have not seen any other organization really reach out and embrace persons as this one has. SSLF has taken away the stereotypical profile of the "widow" and has allowed people from all walks of life, circumstances, etc. to feel part of something - something where people aren't whispering, walking on eggshells, avoiding, etc. Everyone has the chance to relax, put the guard down and just be their story without worrying about upsetting anyone by talking about it. A refreshing breath of air in amongst the day to day trials we all have and are experiencing.

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Follow widow blogs, organization events

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just continue to pay it forward

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

I was doubtful that this Camp Widow would really do much to help me in my grieving. But I was desperate to feel like I was living again. So I went. And it was amazing. I had the chance to connect with others going through the same situation I was in. And I met life long friends. The workshops were all great and informative. This was one of the best gifts I have ever given myself. I would recommend it to anyone going through the loss of a spouse. I am looking forward to Camp Widow 2011.
Widows really do "ROCK".

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helping young widows feel not so alone.

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nothing. It was amazing.

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

I became a widow in 2009. I felt so lost even though I have a great support system in my family. I found SSLF through a search engine. This is an organization that has made me feel that I am not alone in the feelings that I am having as I grieve. I have not had the opportunity to go to Camp Widow. It is something that I hope to do in the near future.

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Allowing me to walk through my grief.

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

Find a way to make Camp Widow available closer to the east coast.

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

My husband passed away 21 months ago. I searched for help online as there wasn't anything near me. This was the most insightful and helpful site I could have possibly come by. I read about Camp Widow that they sponsor and that was the one thing I looked forward to. They also helped me meet my widow match. Unbelievable how much support I was able to receive through the vision of this group.

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I met one of my best friends through the Widow Match program and found help and hope through the many programs and referrals.

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Make sure that every widow/er had access to this site immediatly when they need it most

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

My husband died suddenly in April 2009 - I fumbled for quite awhile. I have a great support group, however they hadn't been through a loss like mine. One night I googled widow and found Soaring Spirits. From the moment I saw the pictures, I liked what I saw. The faces looked like me and they looked happy, something I couldn't say for myself. I've been following the daily blogs, I love them. I also took a chance on Camp Widow this past year. It was a wonderful weekend. I'll be going back!

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I follow the blogs and have been to camp widow.

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Being able to get the information out to more people.

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

About 2 years ago, I googled "widows" and came across SSLF. I kept going back to this web page because it had peaqued my curiosity. When I read about an event called Camp Widow, I let it pass by the first year. Going back to their website the 2nd year and reading all the reviews about Camp Widow, I decided I needed to give it a try. With SSLF's help, I was able to attend 1 day of the 3 day seminar/workshops. Since then, this organization has truly changed my life and enriched the quality with the way that I handle being a widow. They remain a wonderful support system and I recommend this organization to anyone who has lost a spouse and/or domestic partner.

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my everyday life.

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encourage more people to join.

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

One night I googled "widow" and found this wonderful group that connected me to other widows. That summer I went to the first annual Widow's Conference and have made life-long sister widow friends. We were able because of our bond of significant loss to share very openly our awkard moments; our efforts to find a new normal; our uneasiness with the unpredictability of life's events; our changes in status on many levels; our efforts to rediscover a new normal; our pain shared; our joys remembered; our hopes for our future undecided and just the amazing unconditional love of acceptance because of our loss we would never have chosen. This organization has provided hope, encouragement, laughter, openeness, conversation, honesty, baby step moments to go forward and hugs to normalsize the craziness of the personal journey that grief opens up. I am eternally grateful to this wonderful organization for embracing me in my widowhood; for opening up friendships I will cherish in my heart forever; for amazing compassion that goes beyond the highest exponential of caring and concern for those of us who share a journey we would never have chosen, or a cruise we never signed up for. SSLF has kept us afloat and gives us all hope! God Bless Michelle Neff Hernandez for her courage and for embracing us on this journey. Peace to all!

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This organization gave me hope and expanded me on this grief journey that has many ups and downs.

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hope that many more members would join. It is a necessary organization that embraces people who grieve from loss that absolutely changes one's life on many levels.

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