Anger. Emptiness. Confusion. Bitterness. Loneliness. Heartbreak. If you’ve experienced the death of a spouse, you probably know these feelings intimately. Becoming a widow or widower, especially at a young age, is a life-changing tragedy. You’ve lost your better half, your best friend and lifelong soulmate.
While an online widows (or widowers) support group will by no means erase the pain, it can make a difference. You can connect with other people who’ve walked in your shoes and are grieving too. You can get advice on everything from what to do with your spouses clothes to how to handle rude comments. You can meet other widows and widowers who might provide some encouragement, advice and support. Here are a few online widow and widowers support groups to consider.
Widow / Widower Support Group #1: Youngwidow.org
Youngwidow.org is an exceptional website for all widows and widowers, not just young widows. I highly encourage all widows and widowers to join the bulletin board. You can go directly to it here. The forum has a very active general section, an area for “newly widowed” who lost their spouse between 1 day and 6 months ago, an area for those who have been widowed between 6 months and a year, a section for those widowed after one year, support for widowed single parents and also widows who do not have any children and much more. They have a section for “Widowbago Weekends” where you can fellowship with other widows in real life. You can also find book recommendations, messages of hope and healing, poems, advice and more.
The youngwidow.org web site also offers online resources and support for kids and teens. It even has a board of directors. If you are looking for support as a widow, stop by and visit today.
Widow / Widower Support Group #2: Widows Too Young
Another fantastic resource for widows, primarily those under 50, is the Widows Too Young web-site. The site has an active forum (click here to visit it) where you might find the advice and encouragement from other widows and widowers. The board has several helpful sections including “Meet People Who Understand”, “Widowed with Kids”, “Widowed Without Kids”, “Learning to Love Again” and more. If you just need to vent, get advice, or make a new friend, you will find it here. The site was founded by Don Hazelton after his wife of 11 years passed away.
Widow / Widower Support Group #3: Widownet
Widownet is another helpful website for people grieving the loss of a husband or wife. It has been featured in magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Redbook and US News and World Report. It provides some articles and information for widows, but the best part is the online forum – widownet bulletin board. It has an area for military widows, Christian widows, and more. It is definitely worth checking out.
Widow / Widower Support Group #4: Experience Project “I am a Widow” Group
Another resource for anyone who has lost a spouse it the Experience Project “I am a Widow Group”. It is a smaller network, but can still offer some friendship, advice, and networking. It includes older widows and young widows as well. Unlike the other groups listed, it does have alot of ads on the site, but it can still be a very helpful resource to a widow or widower.
Widow Support Group #5:Cafemom’s “The Widow Club”
A fifth fantastic resource for widows (sorry, its for women only) is “The Widows Club” on Cafemom. It is an online network of moms who have lost a spouse, whether recently or many years ago. It is a very friendly group of moms. It has almost 350 members. You might also check out the “Widowed Moms – Life After He’s Gone” group. Cafemom is an excellent site for moms to get support through the ups and downs of parenting. (If you are not a mom, but would still like the encouragement of other widows, I think you can still join.)
This are a few of the best online groups for widows and widowers. Whether you want tips on coping with the holidays, dealing with the life insurance company, or handling life as a widowed mom, you can find it online. Finding support can make a difference.