International Widows Day is Tuesday, June 23, 2020
International Widows Day 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 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.
Sunrise Retreats Summer Pop Up Retreats and Virtual Classes
Sunrise Retreats has had to postponed their 2020 retreats due to safety reasons, but know that it these
intimate weekends are a source of hope and nourishment for so many. So, they came up with some ideas of
who the Sunrise Retreats can still connect safely with their community. They have planned a series of
Pop Up Retreats this summer for widows and widowers Please RSVP!
More info can be found here https://sunriseretreat.org/summer-pop-up-retreats
Morning Stroll and Lunch to Honor International Widows Day
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10 AM – 12 PM at Kathryn Albertson Park
Healing Wellness In Life After Loss Class
Starting Tuesday, July 7th ( 10-11:30 am or 6-7:30 pm)
6 week live online webinar delivered in the Zoom format
Classes will be recorded if you are not able to attend class
$29 registration fee (HSA and Flex Accounts may be billed)
*This is not a grief support group. This is an educational wellness class taught by
Marni Henderson B.S., credentialed Health Educator, and HeartMath Practitioner.
Register at: https://www.coalescediscovery.com/classes/discover-life-again/
Walk the Labryrinth at Julies Kleiner Park and Lunch
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Paddle the Pond Summer Pop Up Retreat for the Widowed
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 time TBD
Paint in the Park Summer Pop Up Retreat for the Widowed
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM at Kristin Armstrong Park
How to write a good condolence card for a death in 2020 WITH JENNY LISK
In this video from widowed mom, and host of "The Widowed Parent Podcast,"
Jenny Lisk, gives us practical tips for that dreaded task of writing a condolence card.
Check out The Widowed Parent Podcast at https://www.jennylisk.com/
The Widowed Parent Podcast: Ep. 67, Pandemic Special Episode
Buffy Peters of Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss, at Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa,
and host Jenny Lisk speak about "What You Can Do, When You Can't Have a Funeral During a Pandemic?"
Camp Widow Virtual Edition
Camp Widow has gone virtual.
They just announced: "Due to the global health crisis created by COVID-19, we are living through an unprecedented experience. The isolation that is often harmful to grieving people's mental health is currently being recommended to protect their physical health. This virtual edition of our Camp Widow program will offer the connections and resources vital to healing for our widowed community from the safety of their own homes.
We are proud to be supporting both our widowed community and the general population by offering resources that increase calm and offer comfort during this time of uncertainty. Please join us in choosing hope over fear and connection over isolation by participating in the first ever Camp Widow Virtual Edition!"
LOCATION: Online from Anywhere
DATE: Mar 20 - 21, 2020
COST: FREE Content Page is available to all widowed people and the general public at no cost. Includes various 20-30 minute video content designed to provide comfort and calm in the face of the current uncertainty.
One Day Camp Widow Full Access: $75
Includes one day of content and any social activity scheduled for the chosen day.
Full Two Day Camp Widow Access: $150
Includes Friday content, Saturday content, all associated social activities, Sunday virtual
5K and virtual Tribute Tile wall.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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My Grief Connection - Created 04 July 2019
Updated 07 July 2020
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