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

Rating: 5 stars  

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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Role:  Board Member

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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

Role:  Volunteer & contributing writer on the SSLF blog.