Hope for Widows is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The Advisory Board creates and implements programs to increase and maintain membership and broad community engagement. The Advisory Board works closely with Board of Directors of the Foundation.
J’aime MorrisonJ’aime Morrison Ph.D. is a Professor of Movement and Performance at California State University, Northridge. J’aime has worked nationally and internationally with students, actors, professionals and communities as a movement coach, dance instructor and choreographer helping individuals to develop eloquent, expressive bodies through which to communicate and heal. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and she was a Dance major as an undergraduate student at UCLA. In 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Portugal in the area of Theatre Movement. Recently J’aime made a short film, Upwell, as a way of processing her grief over the death of her husband Jim from brain cancer in 2015. The film has been accepted to several film festivals and won Best Cinematography from the 2020 Experimental Dance and Music Film Festival. J’aime is an Associate member of Women in Film and hopes to make her next film soon. Before the Corona-virus pandemic J’aime was scheduled to co-host a grief/surf retreat in Costa Rica in collaboration with TwoCan Retreats. The retreat is on hold, but J’aime is excited to be offering her “movement for grief” workshops for the members of Hope for Widows. J’aime plans to lead a series of workshops for Hope for Widows Foundation that put mourning in motion through moving meditations, gentle stretching and an intuitive embodied practice. Using healing images of water – the ocean and its waves, we will engage with both the undertow – the sorrow of losing a loved one, and the upwell – the swell of emotion and promise of new energy in our lives. Grief really does come in waves and we must learn to ride them – join her as we learn to dance the waves. This embodied approach to grief work will invite you to explore your physical and emotional experience of loss and help move you towards the expression of your experience in this non-verbal, cathartic way. These workshops are appropriate for those in any phase of the grief process and for those who want to deepen their exploration of the sea as a source of healing and transformation. In 2009 J’aime’s husband Jim was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They welcomed their daughter Flora into the world amidst chemo treatments, radiation and surgery. Jim, a former athlete, gradually lost his ability to walk but he stayed alive long enough to see his daughter ride a bike and go on painting outings together. Even though they lived with the knowledge that Jim wouldn’t make it, his loss hit J’aime very hard and she has struggled deeply with his absence. In creating dance and film and sharing these passions with others, J’aime hopes she can make a positive contribution to this wonderful Hope Sister Community.
Jenifer met her husband Jamie at the babysitter’s house. There he was holding her first born son, it was truly love at first sight. He always joked that he fell in love with our son first and she was a package deal. A year later, Jenifer gave birth to their daughter and married a year later. Then 13 years later, her life forever changed and Jamie was murdered at the age of 32 by her mother-in-law’s boyfriend. Jenifer helplessly watched him die that day. Jenifer was 33 when her status suddenly changed to widow.
Jenifer lost her way through PTSD and survivor’s guilt and she held on bitterly only for their children. 12 years later and after significant amounts of therapy and self discovery, Jenifer can now treasure the special memories she had with Jamie.
Jenifer is a grandma of 5 at 45 (catchy isn’t it). They are the sweetest part of her life. She also enjoys writing poetry, blogging an online widows diary, and singing and dancing (at home). Jenifer additionally taught herself to crochet to calm her nerves . She currently sells her crochet work and crafts for extra money and to provide childcare to friends and family. You can find her work on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/YarningWithGma/
Jenifer currently is a Moderator for Hope for Widows Foundation Facebook private group where she has found forever friendship, understanding and purpose. She also is excited to provide additional support through the Advisory Board with the program she will lead called Hope Sister Sunshine Mail. Jenifer will be able to bring her creativity and giving heart to the forefront as he sprinkles positivity and love to our Hope Sister Community.
Jenifer shares there are two things she fully believes 1. No matter how much she suffers there’s someone suffering more, and if they can endure pain and suffering who am I to say I cannot 2. No matter how bad today is tomorrow is a new day.
Shelle Kindschuh is a certified Life and Complex Grief and Loss Coach at ShelleyLynn Coaching, LLC. Becoming a certified life, grief and loss coach, along with her own self coaching has been instrumental for her healing. Shelle focuses on health and wellness – both physically and mentally helping women to get through grief and depression. Her focus is connecting mind – body – spirit in a variety of ways to help women become – or get back to – the best versions of themselves. Empowering them to use their personal challenges and turn them into growth opportunities.
Shelle met her husband Steve when working at a resort casino and they had an amazing 5 years together with his two children. The four of them spent their days 4 wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing – pretty much anything outdoors. September 8, 2017 she woke up to find her husband not breathing, only 46 years old. Working though the experience of that tragic morning, along with all that goes into life after the death of a spouse, has led her to reinvent herself.
Going from not being able to get out of bed in the morning to now waking up at 4am (on purpose) to workout. Shelle is using this unfortunate, tragic experience to work on herself and help other women to do the same. There is something to be said about grief and trauma, we can let it defeat us or we can use the experiences to help others overcome and prosper – not because of it, but despite of it.
Shelle plans on honoring her husband and his life by motivating Hope Sister’s in the community to live the life they want, need and deserve. Areas of focus for Shelle will be meal planning, grocery shopping and easy fixed-meals, personal development, workouts, self care, motivation and inspiration. No one knows why life throws at us what it does, but each of us is capable of still living our best life. And no one needs to be alone on that journey to get there.
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You can email Shelle directly for questions concerning Health and Wellness at email@example.com. Also, you can find her on Instagram at: @shellelynncoaching