Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.97 stars   231 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health, Philanthropy

Location: 2828 Cochran St #194 Simi Valley CA 93065 USA

Mission: Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation is the leading worldwide resource for peer-based grief support programming. We believe in the power of community.
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 38-3787893
877-671-4071
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Rating: 5 stars  

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).

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

I cannot think of anything I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I 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!

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.

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

SSLF is everything I could expect.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My sister, Andrea Row, sufferd the loss of her amazing husband and father to her two young children: Sydney (3) and Jacob (6) over 2 years ago. I also lost my brother-in-law, who was every bit the brother - law or no law. Following this sudden and tragic loss, Andrea was fortunate to find the Soaring Spirits Foundation. The Foundation introduced her to a network of caring, supportive people, who have all been dealt a "bad hand", enduring the loss of a loving spouse. I believe it was the compassion and understanding shared by Foundation members which helped Andrea with the greiving process and to find renewed meaning and purpose after her loss. The Soaring Spirits Foundation provided an extraordinary role instilling hope for a better future.

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

as a brother of a woman served by Soaring Spirits Foundation

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you so much for all the work you are doing at soaring spirits. My husband lost his 1st wife unexpectedly. We attended camp widow last year and my husband was able to connect with so many other widow(ers). We attended workshop about grief and recovery -- it was so very helpful to both of us. We also read widow's voice for help and encouragement that we are not alone in this. Connecting with others ont he same journey helps so, so much -- and soaring spritis has enabled that connection to happen for us and for so many others. We are looking forward to attending camp widow again this year.

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

many ways -- mainly through being connected with others who have suffered the same way.

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

make it bigger so more people can get this help :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

SSLF has changed my life in so many ways. I lost my husband in 2009 after a 2 year battle with cancer. He was 26 when he passed away. I was 27. The devastating loss was just compounded by the feelings of loneliness felt in not having any around me that I could relate to. To be so young and deal with so much is so difficult, and doing it alone makes it almost unbearable. When I found SSLF online through other widows that I met on facebook, my whole life changed. Not only was I not the only widow in the world, but I wasn't the only 27 year old widow whose husband died from cancer. Finally someone to relate to. Someone who knew exactly how I felt. I love SSLF. I see women just like me who have moved forward with their lives and I know it is possible. The support and love that radiates from everyone involved in SSLF is so overwhelming. They are an amazing organization. I hope they can continue to help other lost souls like me.

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

my daily life. I also attended their Camp Widow where I attended workshops and met other women just like me.

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

They are wonderful!

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Rating: 5 stars  

After our daughter was widowed last year, it was amazing to see how just knowing that an organization like Soaring Spirits even existed had powerfully positive effect on her. When we actually met Michele and other supporters of -- and beneficiaries of -- Soaring Spirits at the 12/4 NYC Event in NYC, we understood even more what an important role Soaring Spirits plays. And she is looking forward even more to the program this August at Camp Widow. Thank you for all you do.

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

By meeting the founder and learning how supporting widows -- especially younger widows -- fills an undersupported niche for these survivors.

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

Help more people who need this support find out about Soaring Spirits.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My widow match was a life saver and we are now the best of friends. I didn't think my loss could ever have brought me something this beautiful.

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

found my best friend

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

increase funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

Can't express enough how much I needed SSLF when I found them online. Thank you, Michele, for all your personal attention and commitment

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

widow community

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

increase funding

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