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Classes and Events

“One thing that frustrated me as a new widow was that there were plenty of opportunities, it seemed, to sit around and share sad stories and pass around the Kleenex box.  But at a certain point, I wanted to be pointed forward- to be helped back on my feet and learn ways of coping with my “new normal.”  But that was hard to find!”

Liane Laurion, Director, Widow Services, widowed in 2017

 

Wings for Widows now fills that need to move forward—and the opportunity came as a result of Covid in 2020! Starting this Fall, every other Wednesday evening you can tune in to our Arise – A widows’ Forum via Zoom.  We will have speakers with expertise in grief counseling, self-care, personal coaching and many other areas.  This speaker is then followed by one of our coaches or other volunteers to present financial, legal, and other practical topics to attendees. The hour-long call pulled many out of isolation and provided them a safe community in which they could relax, share, and learn. 

In addition, last fall we began offering enrichment classes. These virtual classes focus on various topics by savvy presenters who are true subject-matter experts. Most classes run six-weeks and there is usually a nominal charge for materials, printing, and mailing. Our enrichment classes continue to build a unique community of men and women in transition, but full of hope and confident that their future holds promise and fulfillment. Classes are normally offered once in the winter and again in the fall. 

 

 

Enrichment Classes

Event Date Description
Grief Explorations: A Six Week Grief Group (Fall Session)
  • September 9, 2021 7:30 pm
  • September 16, 2021 7:30 pm
  • September 23, 2021 7:30 pm
  • September 30, 2021 7:30 pm
  • October 7, 2021 7:30 pm
  • October 14, 2021 7:30 pm
Facilitated by : Jenny Schroedel, MA Hospice Chaplain for Presbyterian Homes We’ll explore how grief impacts the whole person: mind, body & spirit — and what you can do to help yourself along the way. We’ll also discuss the difference between grief and depression and how to tell if you may need a therapist. As (more…) Learn More
Discover Who You Are - Finding Meaning and Purpose After Loss (Fall Session)
  • September 14, 2021 7:30 pm
  • September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
  • September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
  • October 5, 2021 7:30 pm
  • October 12, 2021 7:30 pm
  • October 19, 2021 7:30 pm
  • October 26, 2021 7:30 pm

Facilitated by: Susie Schultz, Personal Life Coach Excelsior Park Associates  This seven-week virtual class will help you identify how you are wired and provide time for introspection and reflection.  As you participate in this course, the uniqueness and value of your own life will begin to surface. You will find renewed meaning and purpose; begin (more…)

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Exploring Skills for a Meaningful Career (Fall Session)
  • October 3, 2021 6:30 pm
  • October 10, 2021 6:30 pm
  • October 17, 2021 6:30 pm
  • October 24, 2021 6:30 pm
  • October 31, 2021 6:30 pm

Presented by Destinee DeCosta-Boubert After the loss of a spouse, one of many challenges may be returning to the workforce, finding a new direction and a new source of income.  Where do you begin?  How do you navigate the job market and job search technology?  How do you write a resume and interview for a (more…)

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The Stories We Leave Behind (Fall Session)
  • October 18, 2021 7:30 pm
  • October 25, 2021 7:30 pm
  • November 1, 2021 7:30 pm
  • November 8, 2021 7:30 pm
  • November 15, 2021 7:30 pm

Presented by Laura Gilbert  Based on the book, The Stories We Leave Behind, this 5-week workshop is a hands-on opportunity to create a personalized action plan to save legacy stories and reclaim your space – an even greater challenge when sorting through things left by a loved one. Each week we will tackle one aspect of the (more…)

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Arise – A Widows Forum

Event Date
Michele Neff Hernandez presents: 'Identity and Sense of Self'
  • September 8, 2021 7:30 pm
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Laura Gilbert presents: 'The Stories We Leave Behind'
  • September 22, 2021 7:30 pm
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Elana Zaiman presents: 'Deepen, Heal and Uplift the Relationships that Matter to You Most'
  • October 6, 2021 7:30 pm
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Kim Murray presents: 'Retrain Your Brain to Think Better Thoughts'
  • October 20, 2021 7:30 pm
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Camille Cole presents: 'Children and Grief'
  • November 3, 2021 7:30 pm
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Liane Laurion presents: 'Preparing for the Holidays (Widow's Panel facilitated by Liane Laurion)'
  • November 17, 2021 7:30 pm
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Karen Rohner presents: 'Setting Goals vs The Post-Holiday Blues'
  • December 1, 2021 7:30 pm
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Other Events

Event Date
2021 Annual Benefit
  • October 15, 2021 7:00 pm
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