When a spouse or partner dies, the world of the surviving partner is completely altered. Knowing how to help a widowed person you care about can be confusing and overwhelming. Our You are Not Alone Outreach is a program designed to assist both widowed people, and their support networks.
Connecting a widowed person to Soaring Spirits community will provide them with research-based programs, relevant resources and a community of support as they begin the work of rebuilding their lives post-loss.
Soaring Spirits communities, online and in-person, are diverse, inclusive, secular, and positive. We share resources, ideas, energy, and most importantly, hope. We believe that hope matters, and have the research to prove it.
Listed below are some easy ways to connect a widowed person you know with the help and support our community provides.
You Are Not Alone Outreach Cards
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.
Newly Widowed Checklist
Soaring Spirits, in cooperation with the Liz Logelin Foundation, has created a checklist for the newly widowed.
Included on this list are a few things that we wished someone would have told us as we waded through the paperwork that is necessary when someone dies. This list is not an all inclusive road map, is not intended to be used as legal advice, and should not be considered a substitute for a meeting with a duly-licensed estate attorney, but it will provide you with some tips that may make things easier in the weeks and months ahead.
We provide this checklist free of charge to both widowed people, and to the people who love them, as a downloadable pdf.
Honoring our organizations’ joint purpose of helping as many widowed people as possible, we welcome other organizations to share our checklist with their communities. We respectfully request that any use of this checklist acknowledges authorship of this list, and that all contact information included on the document remains in tact.
Newly Widowed Packet
In an effort to provide those who are recently widowed with easy to access to the Soaring Spirits community, and reliable resources and support within the first six months of widowhood, we’ve created our Newly Widowed Packets.
These packets contain Soaring Spirits program information, a copy of our newly widowed checklist, and a collection of personal messages from one widowed person to another. Newly Widowed Packets are provided free of charge to any widowed person through the generosity of a fellow widow/widower or one of the many groups/organizations that support Soaring Spirits’ programs. Each packet contains a dedication written by the packet donor.
If you’d like to request a packet for a widowed person in your life, please fill in the contact form with YOUR contact information. We will be happy to send the packet to you so that you can deliver it to the person for whom you’ve requested the packet. In order to honor the privacy of widowed men and women who have not requested our support, newly widowed packets are never sent out unsolicited. The protection of privacy is a vital part of our programs, and we very much appreciate your cooperation. We also appreciate your desire to share the Soaring Spirits community with someone you love, thank you.