Newly Widowed

You can prepare yourself for death, but you can’t prepare yourself for loss.

Stephanie, Founder, Widowed Friends

Feeling overwhelmed, alone and struggling to make sense of what life ahead will be like?

At Widowed Friends, we understand what you’re feeling because we all share the common experience of loss of a spouse or partner. 

Just like butterflies going through stages of transition, we experience many different changes and transformations in life.  Although we may feel at our lowest point now, it’s possible to learn to fly again with time, patience and hope. 

We’ve found that by connecting with other widows and widowers, sharing our stories and hearing others experiences,  joining new activities and being part of a larger community,  we gradually can see that new beginnings are possible.

At Widowed Friends, we offer a community that supports one another through the many stages of grief, healing and creating our individual paths forward.

Together, we can rebuild our lives, build new friendships and recreate a new life of purpose and meaning. 

Did you know?

  • According to Stats Can in 2020, there were almost 2 million widowed people in Canada
  • Becoming a widow or widower ranks as #1 on the stress scale and increases the prevalence of depression, anxiety and social isolation.
  • Widows and Widowers have higher rates of healthcare utilization and economic hardships than non-widowed populations.

What does this mean to you?  

First, that you aren’t alone.  There are a lot of us out there and we understand the stress and pain you may be feeling.  Second, we are here to offer social connections to assist in your journey to a new life.  

We know how difficult it is to meet new people right now,  but sometimes stretching out, extending your boundaries, helps take your mind off your situation if only for a little while. 

It helps to be a part of a community, even if it is just an hour long walking group or attending a presentation on Zoom.  Each little step helps move you along your journey and opens a door to a future where you can reengage with the world. 

Resources

The Mourner’s Bill of Rights – Read More

Dispel the Misconceptions about Grief – Read More

Open to the Presence of Your Loss – Read More

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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. "
    • Margaret H.
      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.
      Margaret H.
    • Jill B
      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.
      Jill B
    • Alex S
      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.
      Alex S
    • Barb L
      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.
      Barb L
    • Mark A.
      I can’t come close to expressing my gratitude and love for our Widowed Friends group.
      Mark A.
    • Margaret B.
      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.
      Margaret B.
    • Don D.
      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.
      Don D.
    • Melodie S.
      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.
      Melodie S.
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