Resources for Widows

hopeforwidows-watercolor-05The founders of Hope for Widows know how hard it is to pick up the pieces when a husband, and often father passes. It can be devastating for even the strongest of women.  Immediately the burdens of the spouse’s role are hefted upon the shoulders of the grieving widow who is neither financially, mentally, physically nor emotionally equipped to deal with these new responsibilities.  Our hope is to mitigate this feeling of being totally overwhelmed by providing immediate contact, lasting support and a wealth of resources to widowed women across the country.


Hope for Widows Resources

Forums ›
Requires approval / login. This is a safe space for sharing and discussing with other widows.

Hope for Widows Blog ›
Articles and helpful information written specifically by the Hope for Widows author team.

Request Peer Support ›
To join the mailing list, request support and gain access to the forums please click here.

Monthly Meetings ›  TBD Coming Soon
Monthly chapter meetings in select cities offer peer-to-peer support groups facilitated by interfaith chaplains.

Conferences › TBD- Coming Soon
Our bi-annual, 2-day widow conferences. Each day is carefully constructed to allow for sharing, for networking, and to facilitate learning.

Initiatives ›
Projects and services currently being performed by Hope for Widows.


 


Situational depression is often a side-effect of losing a spouse. If your grief has escalated to a degree that you’re having suicidal thoughts, please contact the Suicide Hotline listed here. There are people 24/7 who will listen and help you through this trying time. It may feel as if you’re alone, but there is a community reaching out their hand to help you on your journey. You simply have to grab hold of it.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

United States based service, for international suicide prevention services please visit http://www.iasp.info.


 


Hope for Widows Book Store

hfw-booktemplate-3dFollow the journey of three women through one of life’s most difficult challenges: becoming a young widow.

Maureen Bobo, Chasity Williams and Khadija Ali published their first book in August 2016. Learn more ›

 

Resources by Michelle Miller

 

Michelle never wanted to be a professional writer. She wanted to be left the hell alone, thank-you-very-much, as she lived a nice quiet little life as a special needs aide and Sunday school teacher in Small Desert Town, USA with her second husband, two children, and their proverbial white picket fence.

Upon a series of unfortunate vulva videos in her second husband’s saved email files one fine day in September of 2011, this life changed. By 2014 Michelle would be a thirty-one year old jobless, suicide-widow, debilitated by depression and anxiety. She would spend most of her nights inebriated and on bad dates, follwed by the ultimate nightcap: yelling the F word at a God she no longer believed in while in her back yard  wearing a bathrobe and heels.

She would spend most of her mornings on various bathroom floors completely immobilized and sick to her stomach by the thought that she had wasted her twenties married to two men who cheated on her and then attempted suicide when she mustered up the courage to leave them.
Michelle was not life-ing well.
By the age of thirty-four though, Michelle would be living in San Diego, California with her best friend, their five children, and a dwarf bunny named Nibbles. She would be the author of a successful book that documented how she used online dating and alcohol to grieve her second husband, and she would begin receiving hundreds of messages a day on social media from widows, and other mourners who, for some reason, thought she had a clue about how to live life well in Post-Trauma Land.
Michelle would then begin to dabble in freelance writing, continue to market her book, and basically parlay the suffering of her last six years into a career, all the while, starting a blog and referring to herself in the third person.
Michelle is currently life-ing well.