Values, Mission & Vision
Hope for Widows is a support system for, and developed by widowed women.
The current and future need for Hope for Widows is enormous. In the United States alone, an estimated 800,000 and growing women lose their husbands each year. Emotion combined with uncertainty exacerbates the shock of losing a spouse, partner, soul mate. Many emotions and secondary losses and circumstances can leave each of us experiencing extreme grief due to loss, environment, depression, loneliness, guilt, want, blame and a feeling of worthlessness. We are here to walk through these feelings with you, offer support and be an non-judging and understanding ear to listen. Each of our walks are unique, we encourage you to walk through yours with the understanding of that and the support of our community.
Hope for Widows knows first-hand how hard it is to pick up the pieces when a husband and often times a father pass. It can be devastating for even the strongest of women. Immediately the burdens of the spouse’s role are placed upon the shoulders of the grieving widow who has to be strong in the weakest of moments and times.
Our help is not formally trained, it comes from each of our experiences, the innate understanding of walking through and sometimes what it seems may even be crawling through this uncharted journey. Each of our encounters and sharing allows us to learn and grow together. This community is positive, empowering and we understand that not every day will be positive and empowering, but we lift each other in the best way we each know how to.
We respect everyone’s beliefs and share no specific religious or philosophical ideology. Each woman is encouraged to be just as they are and share from their hearts and in turn their beliefs shine through. We welcome widows of all ages, grieving the death of a spouse and from any cause. We do not take sides on political issues or endorse political candidates, we ask that politics remain outside of the group. We treat each other with care and respect, showing consideration for those with whom we may disagree.
We can’t eliminate the grief journey, but it’s clear that there are all sorts of things, big and small, that we can do to make the path more manageable. — Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation.
Our Mission: Easing the burdens of widows and their families.
We support widows through the grieving process and beyond by providing life transition resources and immediate connection; facilitating the healing process and allowing for rebuilding to start from our communities embrace and we uplift and encourage as widows re-engage in life.
Our Vision: Building Community & Encouraging Growth
Our vision is to be a strong network of widows – empowering our members through shared experience. We open the door to a safe haven for widows, ensuring they do not go through their experience alone, but with life-long connections and lasting support. We relate. We understand. We listen. We care.
Why specifically widows and not widowers?
It has been our experience that when we bring Women and Men together in a group setting, where individuals are at various stages in their grieving and emotions are high, that often time individuals become romantically involved which hinders the grieving process. We promote moving forward in your time, but we also value safety and keeping you at the heart and focus. We focus on women for three reasons:
- The original founder started out as one of six original widows and our experiences and our expertise is working with women.
- We have found that women seek help more often than men.
- We wanted to create a safe haven for women where they could share their deepest feelings and concerns without worrying about the potential for a future romantic relationship or interest from another in that manner.