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December 2, 2012

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1 previous review
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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Life-changing

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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.

October 16, 2012

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1 previous review
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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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 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

I was astonished that the founder, Michele Neff Hernandez, had the strength to take such a tragedy and turn the loss of her husband into something that helps so many people. Many people will have to live through the death of a spouse at some point in their lives. This organization created a support structure like no other. Tough I am not a widow I am passionate about this organization because it was built from the ground up and filled a need out there in the world that not too many people would dedicate their lives to doing. This organization is a GREAT no profit!

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

Visiting with participants in Camp Widow regarding the loss of their partners. It is life changing to hear their stories.

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

I would not make changes however I will continue to work to raise money and volunteer for this organization.

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

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

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

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

My mother was widowed twice before she was 53. I saw what she went through and I experienced some challenging times myself. If SSLF had been around to help her in the grieving process I think she be more at peace today. And so would all our family.

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

my daily life.

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

Increase the funding so that we could reach more people who are grieving and who feel alone.

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