#howisoar - Tim O'Brien

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.



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