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.
What I needed was to be around people. But I found you can only rely on your married friends for a certain amount of company. It’s understandable. I couldn’t expect them to replace the company of a beloved spouse.
Widowed Friends threw me a lifeline when I was drowning. I could meet with several wonderful people for social events, who had also been widowed and understood the loneliness so very well. Dinners are the worst time to be alone, I find. So at least once a week, I plan to meet with my new friends at dinner events planned by Widowed Friends. It gives me something happy to look forward to.
Did I use the word happy? You can see just how valuable this group of friends is.

M.S.

I moved in April 2019 from Stoney Creek to Burlington and as I knew about Widowed Friends, I immediately became a member. I have made so many new friends; feel like I have known them for many years instead of under than 1 1/2 years.

T.B.

Meeting The group I think may have literally saved my life
I have lots of friends but no one who had experienced the same thing
I was so depressed and lonely and I know my friends were sick of me and me trying to find a new life
I am a very social person and need people
It was such a big help listening to people talk about finances and living situations and traveling and eating issues -same issues as mine so I could develop better thoughts to my direction
It was so good just to be around people who shared a common thread and to be able to go out a lot with the change of the people I spent time with as including my husband
I struggle still with being alone in the house and especially through Covid
The phone calls and park outings and small dinner groups have made things easier for sure
It was good to make new friends as no connection to old memories
Thank you everyone
I have so appreciated meeting you all

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C.P.

I can’t come close to expressing my gratitude and love for our Widowed Friends group.
I joined 4 months after the passing of my wife and it was a very dark and confusing time in my life.
At the first dinner, I listened to two ladies talk about quilting and gardening and swore I would never come back. I got home to a dark and quiet house and changed my tune in saying: “That wasn’t so bad.”
And since then, I took every opportunity to come to as many events as possible.
And from those meetings, I was fortunate enough to forge a new beginning for my life.
I don’t know if we realize the incredible sacrificial efforts and attitudes of our leadership group.
They are truly unbelievable people.
Thank you Widowed Friends.
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R.H.

It is my pleasure to provide a well-deserved testimonial for Widowed Friends.
I first joined Widowed Friends towards the end of 2017.

I have never joined a group like this and was hesitant at first. As I started being a part of this group I felt so welcome and felt the sense of belonging and a real connection.

The group is very non judgmental and never pressured anyone to participate if they were not comfortable to.

It enabled me to make new friends and we are still friends today. I would encourage anyone to join Widowed Friends as it has been a fruitful connection and one I do not regret.

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.
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S.P.

My husband passed away June, 2019 at the age of 60. He was the first to die in our large circle of friends.

I heard of Widowed Friends through my Acclaim Health bereavement class.

I felt alone and isolated due to Covid until I joined Widowed Friends. The weekly zoom chats give me something to look forward to. I quickly made friends and found others with something in common. They get it.

I value the time, effort and support that Stephanie, Penny and Lesley provide to make this group possible. It is a life saver.

 

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C.L.

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