A New Step Forward

By Roslyn Geertsen

We are so excited today to announce our new website! We are so grateful to the incredible people, Steve and Amber Sawaya, at Sawaya Consulting for their untiring work to make this site beautiful, inviting, functional, and most of all, helpful for you, our friends.

It’s so easy to get ‘stuck’ in grief. The weight of it all can make even the thought of moving ahead seem overwhelming. So when someone steps up and offers to help, it can be exactly the boost you needed to get in motion once more.

We have wanted to be able to serve you better, and to reach out to serve more people, but simply didn’t have the knowledge or resources to do so. We didn’t know what our next step should be.

Then, the Sawayas stepped up and offered their help, and we are thrilled with the results. We can’t wait to see where this new website will take Hope for Widows and all those we hope to serve!

We have a password protected section of our website that has forums, videos from our therapist, and ways to friend-request and message other widowed women on our site, similar to Facebook, and we invite you to join us by going to http://hopeforwidows.org/resources/request-support/ .

Come connect with us and find renewed hope as we, together, take this new step forward!


By Ellen Gerst

Throughout history, the debate has raged on about time and space. In 1788, Immanuel Kant published the Critique of Pure Reason, one of the most influential works in the history of philosophy of space and time. He puts forth the idea that humans use these concepts to bring structure to their experiences.

Time and space provide a point of reference upon which to understand and view the circumstances of your life, for example, before and after the death of your loved one.

But do they really exist? Could you be living your past, present and future lives all at the same time? Does this make death just a move to another dimension … thus, your loved one will always be with you?

Furthermore, can you pin time down? When you’re on the precipice of losing a loved one, time seems to move too quickly and you want to slow it down. Contrarily, after a loss, time seems to drag on.

The truth is that time is constant. It is only your perception that makes it move too fast or too slow. As Alan H. Cohen shares, “Eternity exists far beyond time, and reality exists far beyond space. Here and now are the portals.”

Consequently, the only thing we really have is the present. Make sure not to squander it. Instead, use it wisely and to your best advantage.

©Ellen Gerst, Author of Words of Comfort To Pave Your Journey of LossLove After Loss: Writing The Rest of Your Story, and Suddenly Single: How To Find Renewal After Loss

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