Resources for Widows: Recommendations from the WYG Community

General / General : Eleanor Haley


We often receive requests for resource recommendations. Sometimes people are looking for help in their local community, like a therapist or support group. Other times, they want something to supplement their coping, for example, a podcast, book, or online group. 

We believe that coping with grief and life after a loss requires a person to utilize all the tools in their grief-coping toolbox. You don’t just need mainstays like the hammer and wrench, but also the ratchet and all its little ratchet-attachment-thingys. Sorry, I bit off more than I could chew with that metaphor. 

Getting back to the point, people often ask us for a wide range of grief resource recommendations. And we usually offer something that we think is good, with the knowledge that grief support isn’t one-size-fits-all, and there are so many resources out there we haven’t uncovered or experienced. So sometimes we turn to our best resource, people in the WYG communities, to ask for help. 

Recently, we asked in our grief professional community and on Facebook, what are your favorite resources for widows? What would you recommend to a client or a friend? And we received over 100 recommendations. We’ve compiled many of these widow resource recommendations in the list below. If we missed any of your suggestions, or if you have a resource you’d like to add, we encourage you to share in the comments. 


Resources for Widows:

These resource recommendations were submitted by people in our Facebook community and the WYG Grief Professional Community. Please note, WYG cannot vouch for each of these resources, but we encourage you to have a look around and see which, if any, seem right for you.


Organizations:

Services vary, but may offer some combination of support groups, resources, communities, courses, and other programming.

Soaring Spirits

Modern Widows Club

Young Black Widowed

Widows Connection

Widowed Parent

Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation

Hope for Widows Foundation

Be Still Ministries

The Good Grief Trust

GriefShare


Podcasts:

Widow We Do Now Podcast

Just a Widow Talk Podcast

Widow 180 Podcast

Widowed Parent Podcast

Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast


Resources for Widows on the Web:

One Fit Widow Website

Refuge in Grief Website and Facebook

Christina Rasmussen Website and Facebook

Tom Zumba Website and Facebook

Support And Resources for childless not by choice CNBC Facebook Community

When Someone You Love Dies,There Is No Such Thing as Moving On – Kelley Lynn – TED Talk

Loss and Found – Corrie Sirota – TED Talk

We don’t “move on” from grief. We move forward with it – Nora McInerny – TED Talk


Books:

Please keep in mind, what works for one person, may not work for another. Because of this, we encourage you to read book descriptions and reviews for the books you’re interested in.

It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool Too) by Norah McInerny

The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief by Norah McInerny

It’s Ok That You’re Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha W. Hickman

Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title by Leslie Gray Streeter

Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity by Catherine Tidd

Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss by Patrick O’Malley and Tim Madigan

Grief’s Country: A Memoir in Pieces by Gail Griffin

Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief by Tom Zumba

The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss by Mary-Frances O’Connor

Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World by Elizabeth Harper Neeld

Widow To Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas For Rebuilding Your Life by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg

Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood by Carole Brody Fleet

How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese Rando

A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help by Ginny Callaway

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief by Claire Bidwell Smith

A Sacred Sorrow: Reaching Out to God in the Lost Language of Lament by Michael Card

Psalms of Lament by Ann Weems

Bittersweet by Susan Cain

A Comforted Heart: An oncology psychotherapist’s perspective on finding meaning and hope during illness and loss by Kelly Grosklags

In Search of Silence by Poorna Bell


Share your recommended resources for widows in the comments section below!

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4 Comments on "Resources for Widows: Recommendations from the WYG Community"

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  1. Jeann Fishback  August 11, 2022 at 5:39 pm Reply

    For Book Resources pls add
    Life After Loss by Bob Deits has 6 editions covering many types of loss

  2. Joyce  August 9, 2022 at 6:14 pm Reply

    SOLOS (Survivors of Loved Ones to Suicide) Facebook Group is another excellent resource specifically for suicide.

  3. Falina  August 9, 2022 at 3:46 pm Reply

    I’m looking for a group that address childless and widowed. This is an avenue that does not seem to have much coverage, but I believe is very much needed.

  4. Sandra B  August 9, 2022 at 3:30 pm Reply

    My name is Sandra Began, I am a writer, grief expert, life coach and suicide widow. I share my honest thoughts about my 10 year widow journey raising two boys at The Widow Project (URL removed per site guidelines)

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