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Widows' Hope

Depression and Widowhood

Posted by Tamara Blake on Nov 17, 2015 12:15:00 PM

We have all seen the commercials and movies that illustrate the symptoms of depression. The heart wrenching moment of a dog pleading for his owner to take a walk with him. Concerned family members nothing more than helpless onlookers as their loved one faces indescribable pain as they spend hours, days, or even weeks in bed. Children unable to engage or understand their lifeless parent who is rapidly losing weight and interest in activities. Upon being widowed, depression will commonly hit – and oftentimes, it can hit hard.

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Dating Again for Widows and Widowers

Posted by Tamara Blake on Nov 4, 2015 2:28:00 PM

Dating.  Often just the word “Dating” can elicit a shudder, a negative response, or prompt a memory of that awful first date you went on that caused many moments of wondering if you were on a reality television show that places people in awkward positons and leaves you wondering “is this really happening to me?” Those same dates become the cornerstone conversation with your friends over dinner, until you all laugh until your stomachs cramp and there are tears flowing out of your eyes.

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The Misunderstanding About Grief

Posted by Tamara Blake on Nov 2, 2015 3:46:00 PM

In conversations that I have had with people about the experiences of loss, grieving, and widowhood, several themes tend to be recurring. One of the most common things someone can feel after facing the loss of a spouse is that they should be “over it” already, according to the perception of messages received. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

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Organizing 101 for Widows and Widowers

Posted by Tamara Blake on Nov 2, 2015 3:45:00 PM

Lately, I have been meeting with several professional organizers. The overwhelming need for help for “what to do with the items of my spouse” has been in the forefront of a common issue facing a widow or widower. In fact, our most recent Widow Care Connection was focused on the topic of “Rightsizing”, which incorporated tips on the organization and preservation of the possessions of the departed spouse. Time and time again we hear from our widowed members that they need assistance with such topics. One of the concerns those who have been widowed most recently face is the sudden onset of mixed emotions that arise from items that belonged to a deceased spouse. The reactions of how these items are handles are as varied as the items themselves. Similar to the “fight, flight, or freeze” response when facing stress, typical reactions to personal property is to completely purge the items or saving every time, thus doing nothing.  As one can imagine, both of these responses can be somewhat problematic.

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Welcome to the Widow Care Blog

Posted by Tamara Blake on Sep 3, 2015 1:25:46 PM

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Widow Care, my knowledge and interaction with the population of individuals who have been widowed had been limited to personal experiences. As a Psychologist, I would encounter clients who had become widowed.  However, that is where my experience ended. Drawn to the mission of Widow Care where James 1:27 presses upon us that faith is the caring of widows and orphans, I felt an immediate pull to the organization. When I initially met Eric Stewart, our president, and Kristin Hoover, our initial Executive Director, they shared the story of how this Bible passage was created into our organization. Eric, an acting enthusiast, was involved in a theatrical production in which passages of the Bible were memorized. James 1:27 stayed with him for 15 years. Determined to create an organization that focused on the well-being and support of those widowed, Widow Care was born with Kristin’s help. Upon interviewing for the position, I saw very quickly this was a “family”, and had immediate respect for the hard work, love, and care that has been invested in the organization and its members.

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Topics: Intro to Widowcare