Our Programs

Soaring Spirits has one goal; to connect widowed people with each other.

  • Newly WidowedInformation, resources and understanding for those who are recently widowed.
  • Camp WidowAn uplifting, life-affirming event planned for widowed people by widowed people.
  • Regional Social GroupsRegular social gatherings of widowed people all over North America and selected locations globally.
  • Widow’s Voice BlogWe house the largest library in the world of blogs written by widowed people about love, grief, and life after the death of a partner.
  • Widowed VillageOur 24/7 online community is a place to write, read and share thoughts with other widowed people.
  • Widowed Pen PalsAn opportunity to connect with another widowed person by email.
  • You Are Not Alone OutreachOffers quick and easy ways to connect a widowed person in your life with our community.

Volunteer

Volunteer

All of our innovative programs are powered by volunteers who spend their time serving our widowed community. Our volunteer team provides event support onsite for our Camp Widow program, works behind the scenes for each of our online support options, builds community in a variety of cities around the world, and helps us produce the rides and runs that raise funds in support of our mission. If you'd like to make a difference for widowed men and women by volunteering for Soaring Spirits, we'd love to hear from you!

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Widow’s Voice

Imagine finding a blog that gives voice to the pain you are living in, words you've thought, but never shared. We've amassed a library that includes thousands of posts written by widowed people that normalize the sometimes crazy process of grief and loss. Our blogs are searchable and will lead you to specific topics, questions or to your favorite author.

A Change Is Gonna Come

A Change Is Gonna Come

As I said last week, I am open to change in my life. I am going to start by working fewer hours as an attorney and expect this may open doors to new activities and people. After just one week, it’s...

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The Goodbye Times~

The Goodbye Times~

Remember that old song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover? A song that carries a very different meaning from when your Lover leaves you at the end of his/her life. I’m thinking of all the goodbyes I’ve...

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Re-enter, Re-emerge, Re-cover, Re-silient, Re-be, Re-re

Re-enter, Re-emerge, Re-cover, Re-silient, Re-be, Re-re

Photo by Tolka Ulkan on Unsplash Today is a stay-in-bed-day I am feeling weepy I am feeling bereft I am missing my old life I am missing my dead loves I am missing my alive loves The dog and cat were...

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Homeless

Homeless

I have been homeless since April 27th when I moved from my house. I should feel out of sorts and unsettled; but, really, I don't feel much different than usual.  I guess over the last 4.5 years I have...

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The Tangled Widowed Web

The Tangled Widowed Web

This week hit hard in a way I never expected. My Instagram account was hacked and a social media storm ensued. I started to get notifications from Instagram and friends that something was strange. I...

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Sleep Issues

Sleep Issues

Those of you who have been reading here and following me for a long time might know or remember that the two absolute worst things that happened in my life, both happened while I was asleep in my bed.They...

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The Last Trial?

The Last Trial?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been away from this blog to serve as the lead counsel for a team of defense lawyers in the first federal civil jury trial to take place in our District since the pandemic...

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This Terrain of Absence~

This Terrain of Absence~

Life in the after is strange and weird and ill-fitting . What once was no longer is. Our physical world changes as intensely as our emotional world after our person dies. Even if our surroundings are...

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Sweet Grief

Sweet Grief

Main photo by Marcus Ganahl on Unsplash I am reading and/or listening to two startlingly wonderful books at the moment. Both make me sob and cry; my throat constricts, my shoulders slump and shake...

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Option B(e)  – Take 2

Option B(e) – Take 2

When I finally chose to breathe life back into myself I recognized that I had the power, potential and capability to “BE” whoever I wanted.  And, realizing this has made all the difference for...

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4 Million

People Reached

70

Regional Groups

69%

Parenting Minor Children

10K

Newly Widowed Packets Delivered Annually Free of Charge

20K

Outreach Cards Delivered Annually Free of Charge

Newly Widowed Packets

Newly Widowed Packets

Feeling lost in the immediate aftermath of becoming widowed is common and daunting. We can help! These packets provide a practical checklist for the newly widowed, relevant program information, and a collection of supportive messages from one widowed person to another. Packets are mailed and are designed for those widowed less than six months.

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You Are Not Alone Cards

You Are Not Alone Cards

Do you know someone who is widowed? Soaring Spirits’ You Are Not Alone cards are small folded business cards that contain all the information a widowed person would need to get connected with our widowed community. You Are Not Alone cards are free, easy to order, and small enough to carry in your purse or wallet. These little cards make a big difference.

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Widowed Village

Widowed Village

Day or night, no matter where you are on the globe, we offer an online community featuring blog posts, group discussions, focused forums for deeper connection, and ways to find widowed women and men close to your age, date of loss, and geographic location. Our carefully screened virtual community provides hope and healing from the comfort of your home.

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Soaring Spirits Resilience Center

Soaring Spirits Resilience Center

When we discovered the lack of research being conducted about the widowed experience, we developed the first center in the U.S. focused on grief and resilience in widowhood. Housed at Schreiner University in Texas, the Soaring Spirits Resilience Center researches widowed experiences and develops tools to support healing in grieving populations.

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a spouse or partner takes a whole lot of courage. If fear is present, know that it doesn't mean you are "stuck" in the past or that you shouldn't take that next step - it's 100% normal and your widowed community is behind you every step of the way.

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February 07, 2020

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The self-judgement that accompanies grief can be deafening. Don't let the false narrative of being a "good" or "bad" widowed person weigh you down. You are simply surviving this devastating loss, and all that needs your focus is putting one foot in front of the other.

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January 31, 2020

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Even years into widowhood it can feel like your life is anything but "normal." With time, lots of grief work, and a whole lot of energy, a feeling of normalcy will return (even if it is a new "normal").

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January 24, 2020

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Even many years down the road, a thoughtful check in is appreciated.

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Lack of sleep. Weight loss. Weight gain. Forgetfulness. Dehydration. All normal reactions to grief that we feel in our physical body. Grief doesn't just take a toll on our hearts, it can also take a toll on us physically as well.

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Sponsors

Soaring Spirits is grateful for the incredible support of our corporate and community sponsors. Our work is fueled by their generosity.

All Pro Bicycles
AT&T
Bellis Reinforcing Steel
Bohnett Foundation
Coastal Business Supplies
Corporate Graphics Communications
H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation
Hutton Parker Foundation
Living Out
Qualcomm Foundation
Perspective Wealth Management of Raymond James Canada Ltd.
Rhino’s Sports and Spirits
Rotary Club of Simi Valley
Rotary International
Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation
Swinks Towing
The James and Deborah Klein Family Foundation
The Junkyard Cafe
United Way
Wells Fargo
World Financial Group