Widows' Hope

Nevertheless She Persisted

Posted by Leann Sherman on Feb 24, 2017 3:48:23 PM

By Sarah Dohack-Young, Fairdealing, MO

I'm a two time loser-- I've been widowed twice.  I met my first husband on a blind date while I was in college,.  He was the best looking man I'd ever seen and I was smitten at first sight.  We were together almost 25 years when he was diagnosed with an unusual form of leukemia. 

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Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring - a widow and mother's story

Posted by Leann Sherman on Jan 24, 2017 11:55:33 AM

The story below was written by a widow living in Rockville, MD.  She originally read it at a memorial event at Hospice Caring, Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD:

My name is Iris and I want to thank the Hospice Caring staff for inviting me to speak with you at this annual Tree of Love and Luminary ceremony. This is not an assembly we would have wanted to attend, but here we all are, determined to transform perhaps one molecule of our grief into honoring and remembering our loved ones. When Penny asked me to tell you of my journey, I told her I was concerned I would not be uplifting. She told me to tell it anyway!

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Cider Days on a picture-perfect autumn day

Posted by Leann Sherman on Nov 1, 2016 3:00:05 PM

Mother Nature showed her fondness for Widow Care by providing absolutely picture-perfect weather for our Cider Days event at the bucolic Locust Grove Nature Center in Bethesda. Even the bees were happy and left the group alone.

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What I Wish I Had Known About Widowhood – Or: Who would have thought that a cantaloupe would trigger such raw emotion?

Posted by Leann Sherman on Oct 28, 2016 3:20:22 PM

The experts refer to it as the “widow’s fog.” A former widowed neighbor referred to it as “the closest thing to insanity.” However one chooses to frame it, widowhood is not for the faint of heart.

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July Sunday Brunch

Posted by Leann Sherman on Aug 24, 2016 10:27:47 AM

A second summer gathering was held at a lovely private home in Bethesda. A small group of women gathered on a steamy afternoon in late July for a delicious and sumptuous brunch.

It was the perfect venue for forging new friendships, topped off with a casual presentation by Max Freelander, a Rockville Wells Fargo Financial Adviser who spoke briefly on basic financial planning. Many thanks to him and our hostess, Elisa B. :-)  

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La Madeleine Widows Meet & Greet

Posted by Leann Sherman on Jun 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

It was the perfect day weather wise for Widow Care’s Meet & Greet held Sunday, June 12th  in an intimate reserved room at the Pike & Rose La Madeleine.

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Topics: Widow Care Events

Samina's Story

Posted by Tamara Blake on Dec 1, 2015 2:46:00 PM

Widow Care is made up of a diverse group of people from many backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Volunteers and members of our community offer a variety of perspectives on life and loss. We are proud to present blog posts where members of the Widow Care community share their personal experiences.

This is Samina’s story:

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ConnectingThose Who Have Been Widowed

Posted by Tamara Blake on Nov 30, 2015 2:36:00 PM

Time and time again, we are asked to bring all of our widowed members together. We are always thrilled each time we can offer a Widow Care Connection event, or even an educational series seminar. Something very powerful happens when widows and widowers are brought together. We have seen this amazing force through our Widow Care Connection groups.

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The College Process for Children of Widows and Widowers 

Posted by Tamara Blake on Nov 19, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Having a high school senior getting ready to complete the college process can be an extremely daunting task. As one can imagine, it can be even more of a daunting task as a widow or widower. As in every relationship, talents differ and often, financial or paperwork tasks are unofficially assigned to one person within the union. When facing widowhood and the college application process, often the person skilled at handling such tasks is no longer there to assist. Alternatively, the surviving caregiver of said child entering college is often so overwhelmed with the raging change of widowhood that he or she will feel unequipped to face such an intimidating task.

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Mentoring For Children of Widows and Widowers

Posted by Tamara Blake on Nov 19, 2015 10:42:00 AM

As individuals face widowhood, children of widows and widowers are also facing the loss of a parental figure. This can become increasingly difficult if a widow is suddenly a single parent to sons, or a widower is now raising girls alone. When children are in their teenage or young adult years, this presents some unique challenges. It is an ever present glaring moment for widowed parents who realize there are certain questions or topics that just might be handled best with the presence of their spouse. Now, this is true in any circumstances, regardless of gender. There are certain milestones reached where the loss of a partner becomes particularly glaring.

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