Soaring Spirits Founder & Executive Director

When my 39 year old husband died in a cycling accident I didn't know any other widowed people. I spent a full year seeking out other widowed people in order to feel understood, just for an hour or two. Meeting other widowed people changed my life. Knowing that the people I met survived their own losses, and found ways to recreate their lives gave me hope that I could do the same. 

Once I found my community, I wanted to share them with the world. Soaring Spirits programs are designed to create and maintain a community of support for widowed people around the world...we just want folks to know that they are not alone. 


  • published Sunset Cruise in Events 2018-05-09 14:21:08 -0700

    Soaring Spirits 10 Year Anniversary Sunset Cruise

    Soaring Spirits is celebrating TEN YEARS of providing resources, community and hope to widowed men and women around the world!

    In honor of this milestone anniversary we've planned an unforgettable celebration through Hornblower Cruises aboard the gorgeous yacht, the High Spirits!

    We will be cruising the spectacular San Diego Harbor at sunset celebrating the more than three million widowed people who've been assisted by Soaring Spirits' programs over the past ten years. 

    Our program will include: In-person testimonials from widowed men and women; great food and delicious drinks; a silent auction featuring baskets from areas where our Regional Groups are located; an awesome live auction featuring travel, art, and sports memorabilia; a personal message and photo presentation by Soaring Spirits Founder, Michele Neff Hernandez, and so much more!

    We'd love for you to come and celebrate with us!

     

    July 12th, 2018

    4:45PM   Boarding from Marriott Marina-F Dock

    7:45PM   Disembarking at Marriott Marina- F Dock

     

    We are able to welcome 120 guests aboard the High Spirits. Tickets are $150 and will definitely sell out! If you'd like to join us, please buy your ticket(s) today!

    Thank you for being a part of the Soaring Spirits community. Ten years of service would not have been possible without the incredible support of people like you!

    WHEN
    July 12, 2018 at 4:45pm
    WHERE
    Marriott Marina
    $150.00 USD · rsvp

  • published Sunset Cruise Tickets in Sunset Cruise 2018-04-18 00:16:36 -0700

    Sunset Cruise Tickets

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  • commented on Happy Birthday to Michele, just one L ... 2018-01-02 17:40:25 -0800 · Flag
    Such beautiful words, Kelley. Thank you again, and again.

  • commented on No One To Zip Me Up 2017-08-16 12:58:06 -0700 · Flag
    Wendy, your courage facing everyone of these fears is inspiring. And I sincerely hope you saw the sign up sheet at the front desk where we offer a “zip up” service at Camp Widow! xo M

  • commented on What Remains 2017-07-13 17:02:00 -0700 · Flag
    Bruce and Cathy,

    I am so glad that this writing meant something to you. It’s a gift to share them with you.

    Long live love!

  • published Sam Dreeben in Advisory Board 2017-04-26 00:06:35 -0700

    Dr. Sam Dreeben

    Sam Dreeben

    Dr. Sam Dreeben

    Associate Director for Research - Resiliency Center

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  • published Jenny Seller in Our Leadership Team 2017-02-04 15:33:15 -0800

    Jenny Sellers

    Jenny SellersJenny Sellers

    Program Manager

    Joining us from San Diego, Jenny is our Program Manager.  Having attended her first Camp at just 10 weeks post-loss, Jenny developed a true passion for supporting new widows and widowers who attend camp.  Jenny provides program support for all Soaring Spirits programs as well as assisting with the Newly Widowed workshop at Camp, managing various offsite events and providing additional logistical help to the Executive Team. 


  • published Tembi Locke in Board of Directors 2016-11-19 15:12:45 -0800

  • published Amy Florian in Advisory Board 2016-10-05 21:27:36 -0700

    Amy Florian

    Amy Florian

    Amy Florian

    Thanatologist, CEO, Speaker, Coach

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  • published Michelle Dippel in Board of Directors 2016-06-14 22:04:52 -0700

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  • published John Tolson in Board of Directors 2016-06-14 22:03:34 -0700

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  • published Membership in Connect 2016-05-30 17:32:52 -0700

    Membership

    Alumni, Community Supporters and Friends of Soaring Spirits
    Become a Soaring Spirits International Member Today
    Because Hope Matters!

    *Membership is never required for access to services.

    Soaring Spirits provides innovative programs, such as Camp Widow®, Widowed Village, the Newly Widowed Packet Program, Widowed Pen Pal, and the You are Not Alone Outreach. These unique resources have been lifelines, if not live-saving, for widowed men and women trying to rebuild their lives post-loss. 

    You can help fund and sustain these vital services
    by joining the Soaring Spirits International Membership Program.

    Whether you are one of our many alumni who have experienced and benefited from Soaring Spirits’ programs, a family member who’s witnessed a life reclaimed because of our intervention, or a community supporter who wants to reach out to neighbors in need, your contribution will ensure that our inclusive programs continue to thrive and provide
    resources, community and hope to any widowed person in need.

    Join

    The mission of Soaring Spirits is to help widowed people find hope, and to find each other.

    We connect and support over three million widowed people in communities across the United States, and around the world; and in eight short years, have become the worldwide leader in providing grief-recovery resources for the widowed.

    Because we LOVE our donors, giving comes with perks!

    Choose your level of giving now:

    $100 per month or $1,200 annual payment

    • Your loved one will be commemorated on a 4x4 photo tribute tile on our Wall of Love permanent installation
    housed at the Soaring Spirits Resilience Center at Schreiner University. 

    • 10% discount at all Camp Widow stores

    • Soaring Spirits full color membership pin

    $25 per month or $300 annual payment

    • Receive “Hopeful Musings” – A limited edition inspirational book written by Soaring Spirits founder Michele Neff Hernandez

    • 10% discount at all Camp Widow stores

    • Soaring Spirits full color membership pin

    $20 per month or $240 annual payment

    • Receive a signature Soaring Spirits mug

    • 10% discount at all Camp Widow stores

    • Soaring Spirits full color membership pin

    $15 per month or $180 annual payment

    • Receive an inspirational custom hand painted token

    • 10% discount at all Camp Widow stores

    • Soaring Spirits full color membership pin

     
    Your membership will help sustain the programs of Soaring Spirits and ensure that men and women who are widowed tomorrow will have a community of support available to them from the first moment of their widowhood, and for years to come. Thank you. 

    *Soaring Spirits membership provides an opportunity for our community to support Soaring Spirits programs with a small monthly donation. Membership is never required for access to services.

     

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  • donated 2018-03-19 02:51:36 -0700

I am the director, and founder, of Soaring Spirits International...and I love the work we do!
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