#howisoar - Susan Hannifin MacNab

For the last 5 years, Soaring Spirits has provided a soft place for me to continuously fall and rise up again. I fell down when my husband died suddenly in a car accident; I rose up when a friend dragged me to Camp Widow. Now I can say I have attended, volunteered and presented at 8 Camps. I fell down when I realized I had no local community that understood my new life; I rose up when I realized I could create my own Soaring Spirits peer support system. Now I can say that 200+ members of our Regional Group have found their new home. I fell down when I realized my career wasn’t conducive to raising our son as a solo parent; I rose up when the Soaring Spirits community encouraged me to become an work-from-home author. Now I can say I have published a book to help the widowed community heal: A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention. Thank you so much, Soaring Spirits International, for providing me that soft place to fall- then rise up- and continue to rebuild a new life.


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  • Jenny Sellers
    commented 2018-06-19 17:13:06 -0700
    Wow, Bobby – three things to be immensely proud of! Congratulations on getting your daughter through kindergarten and for your new wellness plan – self-care is SO important in this widowed life! We’re so happy to have you as a part of our community (though we wish it were under different circumstances), and thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us!
  • Bobby Atwal
    commented 2018-06-19 11:31:47 -0700
    What an inspiring story!

    I am also a single parent and have had numerous rises and falls. Shortly after my wife’s death, we had to move and find daycare. I rose up when I found a daycare, but then fell down when the daycare started making sexist comments about a man raising a baby girl. I rose up when I found an apartment for us, but then fell down when I realized I can no longer teach in a classroom since my vision has deteriorated. I also fell down when I realized most people are afraid to discuss death, but then I rose up when I went through 2 psychiatrists, 4 counsellors and 2 support groups.

    Lately, I have been trying to figure out how I can work from home—which definitely feels like I am falling, but 3 things make me feel like I am rising again: my daughter finishing kindergarten, my wellness plan and joining Soaring Spirits.

    Thank you for sharing.