Widowed Friends is a community of people who share similar life experiences and who come together to enjoy each other’s company in a safe, social environment.
Our focus is on helping people feel comfortable and secure as they face the challenges of loss and rebuilding their lives.
Although we are not a grief group, we understand loss is a component of everyone’s experience and so we host weekly loss sessions for members to explore their loss experience in a safe environment. We are not grief counselors but have learned that just talking out our thoughts and concerns can sometimes go a long way to relieving stress and anxiety. We also have access to a variety of grief resources in the community who may be able to assist in the grieving process if a member feels the need to explore professional counselling.
We are a stepping stone on the grief journey and are here to help others find their way to new lives and experiences. We offer a mix of online and in person (post Covid) events so that almost daily, members have something to attend from a restaurant dinner to a zoom presentation.
We are in our 7th year and proud that over 750 people have been part of Widowed Friends during this time. As an organization, we continue to transition and grow every year by finding new ways of connecting our members locally and now virtually across Canada
Our team comes from different backgrounds and life experiences, but together we have a shared purpose – to help widows and widowers along the path of grief towards a happy and meaningful life, while meeting new friends.
We know that through friendship and understanding, we are so much stronger than when we face these life experiences alone. Why not join us?
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What Our Members Say…
"Joining Widowed Friends Zoom meetings is like walking into your living room and finding all your friends there! It's been wonderful to have so many Zoom meetings each week to connect with others and feel a part of a larger community. "
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that works so hard in the group for providing this network for people like myself and others.
I have never joined a group like this and was hesitant at first. I was welcomed and felt a sense of belonging and a real connection.
I felt alone and isolated due to Covid until I joined Widowed Friends. I quickly made friends and found others with something in common. They get it. I value the time, effort and support from the group. It’s a life saver.
Widowed Friends has helped ease my new journey into widowed life since we are all of like minds. It has helped make my life more meaningful.
I can’t come close to expressing my gratitude and love for our Widowed Friends group.
Being widowed, lonely, then moving to Oakville and only knowing my son and his family, Widowed Friends has been a godsend to me. With this group I met lovely new friends and this group opened up for me a wonderful new life with lots of social activities.
Since joining Widowed Friends, my loneliness and sadness, as a result of my wife’s death, have decreased. This personal change, is due to the warm interactions, offered to me, from the many widows and widowers I meet, at the socials. Thanks to everyone for your sincere caring.
I think it’s fair to say that Widowed Friends saved my life. My husband died of a particularly aggressive cancer last winter. The shock and tragedy of it shook all the joy out of me. I was so very lonely… Widowed Friends threw me a lifeline when I was drowning.