When my late husband died, my primary concern was my son.

Would he be ok?

Would tragedy change him?

Who would be there for him when I couldn’t?

And eight years later, my son is still my primary concern.

And he is doing fabulously.


Death at a young age made him resilient. 




We have a strong tribe.

Family and friends who support us.

A circle of loved ones who are there for my son.

Eight years later, life is good.

My son is living his best life.

Makes me proud every day. 

He is better than ok.

He is kind, compassionate, smart.

He is in the top of his class.

He is captain of his team and being recruited by colleges.

Tragedy changed him.

It made him more resilient, stronger.

It made him laid back. 

It strengthened his faith. 

I never have to worry as there is always someone there for him.

My tribe.

His tribe. 

I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends to support him. 

I will always worry about him.

I’m his mom.

But he is doing this life after loss better than I ever imagined.

Mark your calendars! Hope For Widows Foundation’s annual virtual event has returned on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, 2022! Anyone can join! Whether you are a widow, widower, or a friend/family member showing support or walking in the loss of another family member, everyone is welcome to participate. The proceeds will directly support widows through the annual financial Restoring Hope and Peace Grants, Sunshine Boxes program, and Bring Hope Holiday Assistance Program. Do you have or know a business that would like to sponsor? That’s an option too! To register and frequently asked questions- please go here: widowsofhope5k.racewire.com



Carla always knew she would be a widow but didn’t have any idea how it would actually feel. When Carla met her late husband Jared, he was waiting for a lung transplant due to Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic disease affecting the lungs and pancreas. So she knew that most likely someday she would say goodbye to her husband. But she never dreamt it would be exactly one week before their 14th wedding anniversary. In August 2014, Jared was diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection in his transplanted lung and was expected to survive at least 6 months if not a year. Instead, he died just 6 weeks later. And in the blink of an eye, Carla became a solo mom to their 10-year-old son. And even though her life was forever marked before and after, she was determined to live life to the fullest because her husband would expect no less.

She founded Breathing for Jared, a Foundation to provide college scholarships to those suffering from lung disease in honor of her late husband. Became a supporter of the CF Foundation and Donate Life. And discovered that writing out her emotions and fears on her blog Transplant Wife and Widow helped her to process her grief

Carla recently remarried and is now blending a family with her new husband, bonus daughter, and son.