If you are a widower looking for help, ideas, or support, this blog is for you! At this time of year many of us have a difficult time getting through all the poignant reminders of our spouse. This is NOT the time to be the silent loner. It is the time to reach out to others, and let them help you if they are able to.
While there are very few good books out there specifically for widowers, there are several organizations around the country that can provide help or direct you to the help that you need. Here are a few of the key ones that I have compiled to share with my fellow widowers.
Cancer Support Community: located in many communities to help families deal with the challenges of dealing with cancer and its consequences.
GriefNet.org: an online support group which offers specific online groups for loss of spouse or partner.
GriefJourney.com: offers online grief support and resources.
Griefshare.org: offers a listing of church-based grief groups in your area.
Grief Healing: a variety of articles, discussion groups, blogs and more to help you through the grieving process.
Hospice Foundation of America: provides information about many hospices around the country, and access to online articles about end-of-life and grief.
Meetup.com: provides access to many group activities in most areas, including grief groups.
Mygriefangels.org: lists hundreds of resources, including many specific to certain types of losses (e.g. due to cancer).
Modern Loss: provides articles written by people like you and me who have gone through the grief process and have something to share.
National Widowers Association: Lists widower support groups around the country as well as various resources that are helpful such as articles and blogs.
Online Grief Support: offers online support including online groups, information about grieving, and even After Death Experiences.
Open to Hope: offers articles and talks on grief by real people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. They have sections specific to loss of spouse.
Soaring Spirits International: provides a variety of online resources to assist widows/ers to help each other.
Widower to Widower: offers free blogs, resources, podcasts, and links to many other organizations.
Widowers Support Network: provides a members only online group for widowers where hundreds of widowers provide mutual support, humor, and ideas to help fellow widowers through this experience.
If you need help during this strange and crazy time, don’t hesitate to reach out to these groups or your brothers in grief. To go it alone is not healthy for you or others. We were not made to be isolated and alone, and that is not what our wives would want for us either. So, honor your wives by reaching out to others for help when you need it, and to help others when they need it.
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