Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Starting A Widows' Group?

Dear Friends,
There are a lot of widows groups out there, and here's where you can now begin to find out about them, share ideas, and maybe even start your own. So hang with me for the next several months as I get a directory going. And, why not send me a casual photo and note about your group too? Here's the info to include:
  • Name of group (if you have a name):
  • How often you meet:
  • What you do:
  • And, if you are a church sponsored group and would like to list the church contact information please send me that too.
I'm sharing the photo and note I recently received from a group in southwestern Pennsylvania so you can see how easy it is. Once I get the directory started I'll include tips and ice-breakers that you've found fun and effective so other groups can try them too. 
This is for any Christian widows group, not only the ones who are using my book. We need to know about other good books and resources too! Please email me with your group info and photo today

Widows' Might -- South Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hi Ferree,
Attached is a picture of our group. We are named Widows' Might. (I thought of that name before learning there is a national group called Widows' Might. 'Hope we're not in trouble!) (No need to worry, Chris, that's a very popular name for widow groups, articles and books too! You chose well! fbh) We meet every Saturday afternoon, and after having light refreshments and announcements/updates, we dive into one chapter of Postcards From the Widows' Path, enjoying lively, meaningful discussion as we take turns reading the chapter out loud. Prayer requests are always addressed. We end our session with a 10-minute discussion of one of the widow-related topics in our "Hot Topics" candy dish. Very fun!! love, Chris

Here's more Chris had to say after a recent group meeting.

....We had a great meeting this afternoon and enjoyed discussing Postcard #9. Friendships grow and change throughout our lives, but nothing changes them as dramatically as death and grief. We discussed how some friendships have all but fallen off the radar screen altogether, but our hope--and our heartfelt prayer at the end of the meeting--is that we will expect, recognize, and receive new friends as the Lord brings them to us. Thank you for the revolving door illustration. Exit. Enter. Got it!
I thought you might enjoy reading a list of some of the Hot Topics we have in our candy dish. They include:
  • What to Do When I'm Lonely
  • Making Decisions
  • What Do I Do Next?
  • Hugging Men
  • Ways to Say "Goodbye"
  • Guidelines for Activities With Married Couples
  • Widow's Brain
  • Boundaries With Adult Children
  • Handling In-law Issues
  • Attending Funerals
  • Weddings, & Other Occasions...
Chris, and friends at the Widows' Might group, congratulations on being the first group featured here on Widows Christian Place! I love the Hot Topics candy dish! I'm sure that has given you some lively and meaningful discussions. God bless you as you journey through grief together, and thank you for sharing what you do. Keep on keeping on!


  1. I love the idea of Hot Topics! Great job, ladies!

  2. I just started a Widow's luncheon at my church. This gives me ideas for my group. Thank you.

  3. I'm happy to hear about your luncheon, and that this gave you some ideas. Check out this weeks' post too for a good getting to know each other survey. Just copy and paste and tailor it for your unique use. God bless you!


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