Soaring Spirits has impacted my life by providing me with a tribe that understands the unique journey of young widowhood and solo parenting. After the death of my husband, I was embraced by many family members and friends who had not experienced the death of a spouse. As empathetic as they all were, I still felt incredibly alienated and lost. Soaring Spirits provided me with a network of other young widowed parents who have likewise been thrust upon this journey much too soon.
Soaring Spirits has given me the courage to share my story and has given me a voice to encourage and be encouraged. I am not alone on this journey. There exists no criticism on how I process death or how I grieve, and by observing other widowed members thrive, it provides me with the hope that I too, will continue to thrive.
Thank you for the gift of this program! Thank you for giving me a strong and encouraging tribe! #howisoar #tribe #community #soaringspirits
I'm lucky to have a great support network of friends and family around me. But nearly two years after my wife passed away, that support was starting to fade away. That's when I attended my first Camp Widow® event, in Toronto in 2017. The experience was truly amazing, uplifting, and life-changing. Months later I continue to feel the love and support which grew out of that weekend.
Camp Widow brought together more than 100 widowed people from all over for lots of meaningful discussions, workshops, and fun. (Yes, fun. Who says widowed people aren't allowed to have fun?). I was part of several in-depth workshops on topics of interest to me, including a "widowers only" round-table discussion and a session for people who have lost a spouse to suicide. There was also plenty of unstructured time to get to know people through shared meals, one-on-one discussions, and the Saturday night celebration event.
I've kept in touch with many of the people who were at Camp Widow and we truly are each other's long-term mutual support network. I'm so thankful to have these people in my life, and to be on both the giving and receiving end of the mutual support. And Soaring Spirits is what brought us all together.
My husband’s death left me living on my own for the very first time in my life at age 59. Joining Widowed Village and attending Camp Widow during that first year gave me a community that has provided inspiration and supported my growth. They gave me hope that I could find a way to live this new life in a way that would honor Vern. I am volunteering. I am doing daily acts of kindness. I am teaching soul work and holding retreats. And since hiking in a rain forest had been on our bucket list, I decided to head to Costa Rica on my own. I snorkeled for the first time and hiked through the Monte Verde cloud forest, crossing eight hanging bridges high up in the canopy. I even held a red-eyed green tree frog in my hands on my 64th birthday surrounded by new friends I had just met. Thank you, Soaring Spirits, for giving me my wings. #howisoar
This photo was taken on one of the hanging bridges.
Soaring Spirits is celebrating ten years of service to the widowed community. We are so honored to have been a part of the lives of thousands of widowed men and women since our founding on May 27, 2008. The mission of Soaring Spirits has always been to build community for widowed people around the world and to share the hope of a meaningful future with every widowed person we meet.
As we mark this ten year anniversary, we want to share the stories that really matter - the stories of our community. We can think of no better way to celebrate ten years of service than by celebrating YOU, our community, during each week of this special year.
We are super excited to launch our #howisoar program! Each week using the hashtag #howisoar, Soaring Spirits will feature a different community member who has shared their story about how Soaring Spirits has impacted their lives. At the end of the year, we'll have a beautiful collection of stories about how people are thriving through widowhood. You can check back here for a weekly dose of inspiration and hope (two of our very favorite things at Soaring Spirits!).
If you'd like to share your story of how Soaring Spirits has impacted your life, please email your story (no longer than 10 sentences, please!) and a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love the way our community soars! Thank you, thank you, thank you to each of the widowed people who have shared their stories (and they lives!) with us! Check back here each Tuesday to be inspired!
Here we come, #howisoar!