Lori Bartok

Soaring Spirits has been my anchor and lifeline since Duane died. The support from this community saved me from destruction. The unconditional love and acceptance and understanding from fellow widow/ers from around the world keep me sane and grounded.  In my darkest hours I have known who I can come to for love and support. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

#deathsucks #widowsrock #hopematters #longlivelove

  • commented on Not Lucky, Not Blessed 2018-02-02 14:50:46 -0800
    Yup. Yup.

  • posted about Dedicate Newly Widowed Packets on Facebook 2016-07-16 22:14:14 -0700
    In memory of Don Shepard, in honor of Kelley Shepard I just made a donation to Soaring Spirits International

    Dedicate Newly Widowed Packets

    Soaring Spirits Newly Widowed Packets are provided, free of charge, to any widowed person who requests one.

    Filled with supportive comments from other widowed people, a newly widowed checklist, a small reminder that hope matters, and program information for all Soaring Spirits programs, these packets are designed to immediately connect any widowed person with the Soaring Spirits community.

    Our Newly Widowed packets are provided through the generosity of our donors. All donors are given the opportunity to write a personal dedication that will be included on the packets they have donated. Each packet costs $5 to create, and packets can be donated in groups of twenty.

    If you’d like to provide a group of newly widowed people with this immediate connection to understanding, hope and community, please use the form below to make your donation and our team will be in touch to help you create your custom dedication.

    We are humbled to have the opportunity to do our work in your loved one’s honor.


  • posted about One-Time Donation on Facebook 2015-11-29 12:38:40 -0800
    Just made a donation to Soaring Spirits International in memory of my love, Duane Bartok.

  • commented on Be Warned. Capitol Letters Used Frequently~ 2015-11-18 13:33:43 -0800
    Fantastic! May I share?

  • commented on Hey Bud 2015-07-07 11:20:09 -0700
    Wow. Tears and tears as I was reading your post.

    What a treasure you are MIke. Sarah (and Megan and Drew!) are so fortunate that you came into their lives. You seem like the kind of guy my Duane would have liked: trucks, camping and food!

    Best wishes always to you and Sarah

    P.S. I hope to get a chance to meet you if you’re coming to Camp Widow San Diego this summer.

  • posted about Volunteer on Facebook 2015-05-29 18:14:47 -0700
    I signed up to volunteer for Soaring Spirits International. Join me!


    VolunteerAll of our innovative programs are powered by volunteers who spend their time serving our widowed community. Led by our National Volunteer Coordinator, Dianne West, our volunteer team works both onsite, and from the comfort of their own homes.

    Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

    • Widowed Village support team
    • Widow’s Voice blog writers
    • Share the Road Ride and Widow Dash committees
    • Community Outreach

    Onsite Volunteer Opportunities

    • Camp Widow®
    • Soaring Spirits events
    • In the Soaring Spirits office
    • Regional Group Leader

    Our volunteers help ensure that our programs run smoothly, and are consistently available to the next widowed person who needs to know that they are not alone.

    If you’d like to make a difference by becoming a Soaring Spirits volunteer, please fill out the form below.

    Become a volunteer

Met Duane March 1995, Married Duane April 2009, Duane died April 2010. The end.
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