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.

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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.

When “ex-” means alive

When “ex-” means alive

Something I noodle over from time to time, is the weirdness of the word “ex-“ when prefixed to another word. Like “ex-boyfriend” or “ex-lover” or “ex-wife”.  The “ex-“ invariably...

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Makeshift plan addendum

Makeshift plan addendum

The blog below was written on September 24, 2018.  I sure have come a long way since I wrote this blog three years ago.  So much life has happened for me since this time.  And, I am so very, very...

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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

So today, my Italian side of the family, my mom’s side, the “Vecchios” – (I know – we sound like something straight out of “The Sopranos” ) – is getting...

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What Do You See

What Do You See

All week I have had a new thought that I can’t shake so I guess I’ll ask but I know I might not get a direct answer yet. They say we are separated by a “veil” that is ever changing. I envision...

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No Holiday From Grief

No Holiday From Grief

Last Friday I packed Lola the pup off to the great north woods with my RV pals, Donna and Craig, who have a lake home where they will be spending the next few weeks. I myself will be on holiday for...

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Covid Takes and Gives

Covid Takes and Gives

History Will Bear Witness History will bear witness to the terrible costs of the Worldwide Pandemic known as Covid-19 in the year 2020. In tallying those costs, nothing can compare to the loss of lives:...

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Sunrise over Chamonix after running through the night

Sunrise over Chamonix after running through the night

Photos my own, taken in Chamonix, France. Around the summer solstice this year, I was invited to write piece for “Like the Wind” magazine, founded by my friends Julie & Simon Freeman...

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink – take 2

Everything but the Kitchen Sink – take 2

I originally posted this blog April 2019.  But, it merits a repost.  The topic is sexual bereavement and it is very real and it need to be discussed more candidly and more often.

As widowed...

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Forward Motion in Widowed Time

Forward Motion in Widowed Time

Whenever people say or even assume that “time heals all wounds”, I pretty much want to roll my eyes into the next universe at them like a pre-teen girl who is angry at the world and doesn’t...

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The Normally Normals

The Normally Normals

It’s been a grief goal for me to return back to “normal”. I have put into place fail-safes to reestablish pattern, predictability and self-protection. That’s normal self-preservation. Now I...

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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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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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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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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.

99.1 The Ranch – KWSV
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