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  

I am a young widow with 3 young children. My husband died suddenly 16 months ago while I was pregnant. This group has been a support I could never have found otherwise. To be in contact with other widows your age and circumstance through the widow match program and FB, feel supported 24/7 and know there are others in your darkest hours has helped so much.
You also never feel judged and know that there is hope for a different future for yourself and kids when you see what other widows further in their grief journey have done.

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

Knowing I have friends when I need them and no one will judge me no matter how much I talk and cry about my late husband.

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

Have more activities in Canada

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband passed away in June of 2008. SSLF Widow Match program gave me the opportunity to connect with other Widows around my same age. I had an awesome experience at Camp Widow 2010. Spending a weekend with other's and sharing our journeys makes us feel like we're not alone. This support group is amazing !!! I plan on going again August 2011 and looking forward to seeing so many of my Widow Friends.

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The workshops at Camp Widow are awesome. They made me feel like I can do just about anything. Widows Rock !!!

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

I suggest a year book with all the pictures that were taken at Camp Widow. What a wonderful keep sake that would be !!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a widow in 2008 when my husband of 1.5 years passed away from a rare cancer. I was 24 at the time, and had no clue who and how to connect with others who were in similar situations as I was. SSLF was a great organization to put me in touch with other widows, and has kept me involved since then. They do amazing work to keep widows working together.

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Over the holidays they provided amazing opportunities for widows to meet in person all over the country. It was so uplifting.

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

I think they're doing a great job expanding their opportunities as is

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8 people found this review helpful

When my husband died in May 2008 at 28, I thought I was the only young widow out there. I desperately tried to find my age of women who were going through what I was going through. When I found what the 1st National Conference on Widowhood (Camp Widow) weekend consisted of, I knew I had to go, and it did change my life. I was able to meet other young widows and realize that I was normal. I have formed incredible friendships with these people. I know for me, when I was first widowed it was very hard to find a support system of other young widows. SSLF has filled this gap and I think it is so important for everyone who needs this organization to be able to find it, so much so that I have hosted Widows Rock the Holiday's parties in Seattle the last two years. Not all grieving has to include tears of sadness, (I learned that at Camp) When I returned for Camp Widow 2010, I saw many familiar faces and many new faces. I was able to relate to where they were because I was there the year before. I was able to see how far I had come on my journey, and that might not have been possible without Michele and SSLF. We all need to believe in hope and this foundation gives you that!

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

the hope that I now have for the future.

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

more funding so that everyone who needed this organization could find it and be able to attend Camp.

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

Life-changing

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?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This organization has helped me, as a widow, know that I am not alone. Not at all. Being widowed at a young age is horrific and very lonely. But Soaring Sprits and Camp Widow has given me other people to connect with, people who "get it" because we're all on the same "road". That's not something you can usually experience in your own community so it's fantastic to have this opportunity on line. Camp Widow was a wonderful weekend where we could all be ourselves and find the support and friendship we need. Soaring Spirits is a wonderful organization that offers support where no one else does.

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

By attending Camp Widow and by writing on its blog.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

As a 9-11 widow, I knew a large part of my healing was having the company of other 9-11 widows, but for most widows and widowers, they are alone. Soaring Spirits wants to change this by helping Widows and Widowers get the support they need at their darkest hour. I attended Camp Widow last summer, albeit with some skepticism. I was trying to move forward and worried that it was going to be depressing. It was quite the opposite. What I found was an inspiring group of men and women sharing, learning and supporting each other through the painful loss of a spouse. Yes, there were tears but more often there was laughter. Soaring Spirits offers the balm of shared experience, letting widows around the country and even around the world, know they are not alone.

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

the friendships and support I've received through this remarkable organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting other widows, networking with other people who have lost.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, hardworking, dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world. It could network with widows from other countries and expand its mission to help women in their darkest hours.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Two years into widowhood, I was feeling unsettled and unsure. Would I be able to keep my house? Should I stay in this community? Am I doing OK as the single mom of a teenage son and college daughter? One afternoon, I came home from work thinking, "I need to find some other widows who understand what I'm going through." Most of the widows groups I found online in my area served the elderly or were bereavement support groups, or facilitated dating. Then, I found Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation and noticed they were sponsoring the First National Conference on Widowhood. "I'm going to that," I decided. At this conference, I met widows from all over the U.S. and the world! The connections were immediate. I found that women who had just met would soon be deep in conversation about their loss, how they were widowed, and how they were coping with this "new normal". At the elegant banquet Saturday night, and I met 8 delightful widows from Singapore! Sunday morning was a 5-K "Widows Dash". What a kick to walk/run with dozens of other widows. I came away from the conference knowing that it was the best thing I had done for myself since my husband died. Daily, the "Widow's Voice" blog provides encouragement and affirmation for those of us who have lost our mates way too early in life. A million kudos go out to Michele Neff Hernandez and her associates who have formed this wonderful organization. As more and more women become baby boomer widows, Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation will be there for information and support. They meet a vital need in our society and culture.

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

many ways! The daily Widow's Voice blog is a continual source of encouragement and affirmation, and the annual conference ("Camp Widow" this year) is a renewing experience for any widow.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it is comprised of other widows who "get it". No one understands like another widow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all wonderful! These volunteers have given hours and hours to create a fantastic organization for widows.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

produce an amazing annual conference and provide registrations for widows from around the world who otherwise would not be able to attend.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I always thought I was a strong person. That all changed on Sept 6, 2008. I was only strong because I had the firm arms of my husband to hold me up. I was only 46 when John died. We had grew up together, only 17 when engaged. We laughed, cried, prayed, fought, loved, rasied children both together. How was I to go on without my better part of me? Then I found SSLF. I made plane & hotel reservations, knowing all along I was alone in this. That changed from the moment I got my registration packet to today. I wasn't alone anymore. I had women across the universe that were struggling just as I was. We all became one that weekend. I still have times of grief, probably will forever, but I know I can go to any one of my SSLF friends, (thru the magic of Facebook) anytime of the day or night, and I will find comfort knowing I am not alone.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting other widowed people who really understood me, and having the opportunity to hold each other up as we found a way to live totally different life ahead of us.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

understanding, caring, and helpful.

Ways to make it better...

SSLF had the funds to make Camp Widow a free program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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