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Losing a spouse is one of the most difficult challenges life can throw at us. It can be a heartbreaking experience, but it doesn’t have to be an isolating one. Many widows have found strength by joining a community of people who have lost someone dear to their hearts.
There are plenty of spaces for bereaved spouses to come together, share their feelings, and build close friendships. We’ve handpicked several blogs for widows to help with the grieving process. These blogs offer poignant words of comfort, and they’re written with compassion, courage, authenticity, and hope. One of them may just be the lifeline you’ve been searching for.
Bragging Rights: Written by a widow in the months after her husband’s passing
Nicole Campbell lost her husband at age 38. She was left with two small children and an empty house. She didn’t want to wear black and be alone forever, so she began blogging to process her emotions and tell her story. She brings a strong spirit to the subject of recovery. She wants readers to know widows aren’t lepers. She wants widows to know they aren’t as fragile as they think. She talks about how she has moved forward and how she continues to miss her husband without letting those feelings darken her days.
Social clout: 1,926+ likes
Bragging Rights: We Grieve and Heal Together
Sisterhood of Widows is an awesome blog that is part of Mary Francis’ larger site on reinventing your life by adapting your way of thinking. Her sisterhood of widows regularly looks at topical issues like “Giving Away Personal Possessions” and dealing with “Grieving on Mother’s Day.” The site also offers practical advice and wisdom.
Social clout: 339+ followers, 238+ likes
Bragging Rights: A collective of seven widowed women
At Widow’s Voice, seven widows examine the “good, bad and the ugly parts” of life as a widowed person. Thoughtful entries chronicle the ups and downs of moving on, from finding your identity as a newly widowed partner to ways to cherishing a lost love without remaining trapped in the past.
Bragging Rights: telling the world how they feel
Since losing her husband eights year ago on her birthday, Sue Larrison has become a strong and reliable voice for widows. Her posts deal honestly with the tremendous changes and emotional weight involved. Input from others often comes anonymously and touches on the struggles and triumphs with powerful imagery.
Bragging Rights: Grief management through humor
At Widow Chick, the power of positive thinking is used to combat grief management, often through humor. The site comes from “Confessions of a Mediocre Widow” author Catherine Tidd, a mom to three and a self-professed connoisseur of boxed wine. She mixes serious emotion with a funny outlook in posts like “Does Your Husband’s Headstone Look Better Than My Husband’s?”
Bragging Rights: Entering a new stage filled with mystery
The Misadventures of Widowhood blog is a well-oiled and inspiring spot that tracks one woman’s journey while helping countless others. Though only a few years old, it charts the process of recovery from one month to the next, with sections on looking for closure and seeking contentment.
Bragging Rights: Speaking from the heart
The host at Grieving, Angry Widow speaks from the heart about grief and its impact. She keeps going for her kids and uses the platform to give voice to the anger and sadness that comes, as well as the fond memories and reasons to rebuild. Check out “Great Expectations” for a look at the corelationship between grief and social problems.
Bragging Rights: Upbeat, honest, and comforting
Noel lost her husband and started blogging as a way of healing her broken heart. She talks about her personal challenges, health issues, and emotional state without holding anything back. Her hope is “to be real here about my struggles,” and that authenticity can be comforting to people going through the same thing. Her efforts to find joy and humor offer hope to other young wives suddenly facing such a loss.
Bragging Rights: Biblical direction through life
Widow’s Christian Place is a safe and spiritual site for fellowship with other widows and insight into weathering the changes ahead. Each month a memorial wall is offered for quick reflection on loved ones, while most content deals with moving on and finding strength in others. Bonus: Poetry and music is suggested as well.
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