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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The SSLF is a wonderful organization! They are helping define and bring to light what a widow/widower looks like today. The community that they have formed is inspiring. I am proud to be a supporter of such a wonderful organization.

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

at Camp Widow.

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

continue to get your name out there.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a family therapist with over 20 years of experience. In my practice I've dealt with many families and individuals going through grief and loss. Other than small local support groups, it's been hard for them to find support from people who really know what it's like. Soaring Spirits has found a way to fulfill that need in several different ways. Camp Widow, Widow Match, and the Widow's Voice blog are the highlights of what Soaring Spirits has accomplished so far.



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As a friend, I watched the founder of Soaring Spirits, Michele Neff Hernandez, go through her own personal grief in losing her husband, and from that process emerged Soaring Spirits. What has been accomplished so far has been truly amazing, and I think that this foundation is only at the beginning of achieving its potential.

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

No changes, just hope that it can keep growing!

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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.

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

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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.

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

No changes noted...it is soaring!

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Being involved in the planning aspect on the hotel side, we see many conferences come and go. The Soaring Spirits conference is one of the most inspiring groups we have had in the 25 year history of our hotel. So many emotions are evident, observing the tears, the smiles, the learning, the grief, the comradery of the attendees all in just a couple of days. The founder Michele and the organization has made a difference in thousands of lives, including mine. Positivity and strength are pouring out of San Diego, when Soaring Spirits is in town.

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

Attending the conference.

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

Bring all my friends and family!

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I found myself a young widow 15 years ago, there were very few services available to me. Widowhood was thought of something that happened just to "old" people. In actuality, there is a whole segment of society that encounters the loss of a spouse before turning 50. SSLF is instrumental in bringing this to the forefront. It serves a wide population and lets each one know that he/she is not alone on this difficult journey. It provides peer support through a Widow Match program, social media interaction, and workshop gatherings. Sharing one's story with those who have walked the same path is a truly healing activity. Bravo to SSLF for providing this forum.

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

seeing how safe the participants feel in expressing their frustrations, concerns, worries as well as their triumphs over their circumstances.

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

try to increase their outside funding so they could expand services to have branches in different sections of the US/world. Grief is universal and has no boundaries. It affects young and old, rich and poor, those of all nationalities ... and all need a caring and understanding support network.

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I am a minister in San Diego and have heard from several patrons that the Widow Camp was a great opportunity for healing.

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

Through my church members and their loss

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

Increase advertising

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

SSLF sets the gold standard for grief support organizations. It is run by-and for- those who have lost a spouse.

In my work as a grief support author, I regularly refer people to them for the kind of wisdom only gained by walking through the fire.

They are a tremendous resource, with an annual conference, personal support and one of the most honest blogs you'll ever read.

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

I have interviewed many people involved with SSLF, including its founder, Michele Neff Hernandez.

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

The only change I would make to SSLF would be to find a way to make their events accessible to everyone. This is one cause you can feel GREAT about supporting. Send a donation today. You'll feel good, and it could make all the difference to someone just when they need it most.

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I was the co-chairman of the Global Panel at the 2009 SSLF National Women's Conference. It was a great experience which allowed me to help bring vital informaiton about the plight of widows in developing and war torn countries to widows in the U.S. As a part of my work I hosted a major political figure from Iraq, Rajaa Al Khuzai, who spoke about the plight of widows in Iraq. Michele and her organization did an amazing job of organizing this event, and they supported me and my co-chairperson in creating and presenting out panel. I'm going back this year to chair the global panel again.

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This organization is providing an invaluable service to widows and women in this country and around the world. Personally, they have made it possible for me to share my experience and knowledge with others in a way that I could not have on my own.

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

I would broaden its international work, but that takes funding.

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

Meeting wonderful people with similar experiences, and similar goals, and having the opportunity to share in their work.

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

People at every level of the organization

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

change the world

Ways to make it better...

At times the roles of everyone involved in the Global Panel and the financial responsibilities were confusing but it all worked out and was fine.

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

Fund raising

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

We need more people like Michele and more organizations like SSLF.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I am a psychotherapist who specializes in working with those confronting life-threatening illnesses or coping with acute grief after the loss of a loved one. I was recruited by Executive Director Michele Neff Hernandez to speak at the Foundation's first national widows' conference the summer of 2009. I have remained in contact with Michele and her organization ever since and look forward to speaking again at this year's conference. As a psychotherapist, I can not speak stongly enough about the need for and healing power of peer support during a loss or life crisis. SSLF brings widows together to share their stories and offer support and proof of survival to each other, when they are most in need. This is a gift like no other. And the best part is when one widow or widower supports another, he or she also empowers themselves. So it is a gift that keeps on giving. This organization would not exist without the vision, enthusiasm and incredible generosity of it's founder and executive director Michele Neff Hernandez. She has transformed her own tragic experience as a young widow into an opportunity to educate, support and heal so many others. It has been a true privilege to get to know her and to be a small part of this organization. Michele A. Reiss PhD

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

As a speaker at the 2009 national conference, I witnessed first hand the power of widows of all ages coming together to learn, to play and to support each other. It was an exciting and wondrous experience

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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