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Meet our Widow Advocates

Our volunteer widow advocates are at least two years into widowhood and, of course, have learned first-hand what it is like to lose a life partner.  Our widow advocates have normally participated in a  grief counseling program, have great listening skills, know how to ask good questions, and are engaged in a new chapter of life again. Your extraordinary widow sisters combine compassion with a true sense of calling to share the grief of other widows. You may not require financial coaching before you require someone just to listen. Someone to tell you that you’re not going crazy and that you’ll get through this, one day at a time. You may not want to burden your kids or married friends when you feel like you’re barely holding it together. That’s why we’re here. We can listen, answer your questions, find you resources, and encourage you that things will get better. Connect with one of us today.

Connect with a Widow Advocate today.

Liane L.

I became a widow very suddenly in early 2017.  My husband Dave and I started dating in high school and were married over forty years. The shock of losing my best friend and the most fun and optimistic person I’ve ever known has been a challenge.

During Covid, the loneliness has been especially hard to endure. My faith and the other widows who have walked alongside me have given me a new way of looking at my life, and a new way to serve God by helping others. Helping to launch Wings for Widows and developing services and programs that meet the needs of the community we serve has given me purpose and joy.

Brandy M

Dan and I were married 32 years when he died in 2017.  He had cancer the last two years of his life and I was his caregiver, and watched him suffer from the disease and his treatments. When he died, I was glad for him because his suffering was over and he was home with the Lord. But after he died, I felt a great emptiness. We did not have kids, so I don’t have a built-in support system either.  I have never doubted God loves me, and slowly I have begun to make good decisions and I’ve connected with a community of other widows. I became a Wings for Widows Advocate because another widow came alongside me soon after Dan’s death.  It was a HUGE gift as she walked alongside me in my darkest days. Now  I want to extend that same gift to others.

Cindy K

I lost my husband in 2017. The last 10 months of his life, I was his caretaker. It was so hard to see him suffer and be unable to speak. I have grown children so am on my own at home now.

When I became widowed I found the thing I struggled with the most was a sense of not belonging in the group of friends we’d enjoyed our whole lives. Loneliness is always a struggle.  As a result of my loss I have learned to rely on my faith more constantly.  I chose to volunteer for Wings for Widows as a Widow Advocate so that I can give hope to new widows.

Denise F

I lost my husband in 2015 and I still have teenage children living at home.  The biggest struggle for me when I became a widow was parenting alone.  Solo parenting is DIFFICULT.  I have learned though that I am still able to follow my dreams, despite my loss.  The pathway just looks different than I imagined.

I became a widow advocate for Wings for Widows to help fellow widows when they feel the most alone and vulnerable. I understand and want to help support you.

Jessie E

I became a widow at 42 when my husband died unexpectedly in an accident. We were a blended family and I was overwhelmed with how to take care of everything big and small, let alone my needs.

I have learned how to do things I didn’t think were possible with the help of family, friends and fellow widows. I serve as a Wings for Widows Advocate because I want to help other widows get on their feet, however long that takes … knowing you have support to help you through. To quote Glennon Doyle: We can do hard things.

Jo N

I lost my husband in 2018, after his 3-year battle with cancer. I have two grown daughters and three grands. The largest struggle was not knowing what to do first. After a year I reached out to Wings for Widows and they really helped me wrap my arms around everything and helped me dive in and get stuff done. Not only did they help me work on a very large medical bill from my husband’s medical provider that the insurance did not cover but having someone there helped me in knowing I was not alone and there were people to help and who understood.
Yes, I have a lot of friends, but talking to other widows is different because they just understand.
I became a widows advocate for Wings for Widows so that I can offer that same feeling to new widows, the feeling that you’re not alone and whatever you’re feeling is ok. I want to help support and reassure you when you feel most alone.