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Review for Soaring Spirits International, Simi Valley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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?


Role:  Client Served & Attended Soaring Spirits National Conference on Widowhood.