Resources

• The National Widower’s Organization
You are not alone and you don’t need to go through this alone. There’s another guy in your community in the same place as you, and two or more heads and hearts are better than one. Those of us who have been where you now may find yourself (or lost yourself), after losing the love of your life, have put together a kit of coping tools that belong in your garage right about now. Welcome to The National Widowers’ Organization, a virtual toolkit for men coping with the loss of a loved one, a place where men can meet others going through the same transition.

• Embrace the Journey
Embrace the Journey designs yoga gatherings and getaway weekends for widows by widows. Yoga truly is for everyone! Find out how yoga can help you along your grief journey. We also offer one on one yoga classes as well as reiki healing. embracethejourneymn@gmail.com

• Bereavement Camps for Children
Camp Erin, created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. All camps are free for all children, application is required.

Twin Cities, MN, Jul 25 – 27, 2014
Host Camp: One Heartland Center
CONTACT: Jenny Simmonds, Fairview Youth Grief Services
(952) 892-2797, Jsimmon3@fairview.org

• Suddenly Solo
The number of mature men who are “Suddenly Solo,” by choice or not, has grown remarkably in the past few years. No matter what the underlying circumstances, many men find themselves searching for real-life coping skills as they enter into this new (and yes, exciting) single phase of their lives. Suddenly Solo has real-world answers to questions about so many other issues that will likely be on your mind, and the material they offer is based on extensive research, making it valid and meaningful.

•Lost My Partner Blog
Whether you’ve lost your spouse/partner or care about someone who has, this is a place to find support and share your experiences with others in the same situation. What you are now feeling is also being felt by others. Some site offerings:
1) “He’s in a better place and not suffering.” I know people probably mean well, but the fact is it hurts to hear this because I of all people know that he is in a better place and not suffering, and because I DON’T HAVE HIM WITH ME ANY MORE.
2). “I understand how you feel!” – No you don’t understand how I feel. You can sympathize but you have no idea what I’m going through, the loss and the hurt and the bitterness. Unless you have lost a partner/husband/wife, you can’t understand the feelings that are so intense and painful and debilitating.

• Griefshare
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

• Griefshare Email
by Michele De Santis, Widows Hope Board of Directors

A widow friend of mine, recommended that I sign up for the daily GriefShare emails. She talked to me about these emails on at least three separate occasions. At first I couldn’t concentrate to even remember to get online and request them. The second time she brought up the emails, I went online to order them, but didn’t receive them. Unfortunately, I was still not thinking clearly, and I totally forgot about them. The third time she brought the daily emails to my attention, I was several months into my grief journey, and was able to go online, request the emails and I received them! My tip is to check your junk email box to make sure the daily emails are not being considered spam.

While the content for the GriefShare daily emails is geared toward grief, and encompasses all kinds of grief, I found the content to be encouraging and helpful. On many days I found that the GriefShare emails provided a faith-based message that seemed to speak directly to me. A daily message filled with hope is a great way to start the day! I encourage you to sign up for the GriefShare emails. http://www.griefshare.org/dailyemails

• Angie’s List
This list is an excellent resource for finding trustworthy contractors in your area.  Relevant information like comments from customers, prices, and contact information, can be found on this site.