International Widows Day
Tuesday, June 23, 2022
International Widows Day on Tuesday, June 23, 2022, is an annual day to bring global
awareness to the violation of human rights and dignity that widows suffer in many countries after the death of their spouses. The loss of a spouse is devastating under the best of circumstances but the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse over the last several months, leaving many thousands of women newly widowed and
cut off from financial and familial support. There are an estimated 258 million plus widows around the world,
and close to 1 in 10 live in extreme poverty. The United Nations observes this day to draw attention to
the voices & experiences of widows across the globe and to galvanize the unique support that they need.
It is an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition
for widows. Widows' rights are women's rights are human rights.
"For many women, becoming a widow does not just mean the heartache of losing a husband,
but often losing everything else as well."
– Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Boise, Idaho
2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM MDT
717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
The group meets continuously throughout the year at First United Methodist Church
(Cathedral of the Rockies), in the Bishop's Lounge at 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.
Meetings are held in person on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM MST.
Next meeting is on May 12, 2022.
Group Facilitators: Kirby or Susan Orme, (208) 342-2139, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronavirus Bereavement Study – Announcement for Participants
The Coronavirus Bereavement Study aims to better understand factors that may be related to bereavement experiences by learning from those who have experienced a loss during the pandemic. Participants will be
asked to complete an online questionnaire that surveys their loss and bereavement experiences, including
how the pandemic interfered with their grieving process, as well as their general background information
(gender, age, health status, and so forth), mood, personality, coping, social engagement, stressors, and
functioning. There are also open-ended responses to questions about their experiences and opportunities for a follow-up phone interview if chosen. Participation in the study is totally voluntary and open to individuals
who are English-speaking, age 55+, and who have experienced the death of a significant other during the
pandemic and have access to a computer or smart phone. The study poses no significant risks, participation
will be anonymous, and all data will be kept secure and confidential. Eventually, this research could
improve our understanding of the factors that contribute to individuals’ bereavement experiences.
Each person will have the opportunity to win a $100 gift card for their participation.
This research study is being conducted by Sarah Brown-Adams, M.A., Rachel Czosniak, M.A.,
Alejandra Zamora, M.A, and Richard Zweig, PhD. of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of
Yeshiva University, with approval from the University’s Institutional Review Board.
To participate in the study scan the QR code to the left or visit: www.tinyurl.com/coronabereavement
Healing After Sudden Loss of Spouse
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm (PST) / 6:30 pm (MST) you are invited to a
candid interview with EricsHouse Director of Administration, Marisela Marquez,
on "Healing After Sudden Loss of Spouse." She will share her journey about suddenly losing her spouse,
just four months after losing her father,her path to healing, and how she is moving forward with her
grief as a widow and as a mother. This event in FREE.
Once you register, you will receive a zoom link invitation for the session.
Sign up at https://www.ericshouse.org/events/
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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