Woodlands Area Chapter

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-3-01-37-pmWoodlands Area Chapter ~

The Woodlands Area is found about 30 miles north of Houston. It is nestled among acres of heavily forested state parks with a humid subtropical climate.

Chapter contact: WoodlandsMWC@modernwidowsclub.com 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-3-06-30-pmChapter Leader: Brendi Cumberland 

My name is Brendi Cumberland; I became a widow on November 26, 2013 when my husband, Scott, died suddenly from epilepsy, a condition he had battled courageously for 34 years.  Scott was a brilliant and kind family man with a beautiful soul, who, in the last two years of his life, also fought cancer with the same resilience determination and indomitable courage he had for fighting any problem.

With a son in the military a daughter in Junior High School, and solid careers, my family was proud and happy. Our life was in perfect balance.  Life was good and our love ran deep.

My husband’s passing left an immense void in my life and that of our children. Though I have always been a strong, passionate, confident and determined woman, his passing shook my foundation to the core.

After a time of living on autopilot, a ray of hope shone into my life when I considered the many other women going through similar experiences as myself. I realized that beyond emotional and spiritual support, widows also need perspective and guidance with the practical aspects of widowhood.

While managing my finances and organizing my suddenly single mother life, I began working with business coaches to establish a business to help others cope with the practical aspects life after death.  I am in the process of setting up an LLC.

I was introduced to Modern Widows Club by a friend, and after several discussions, we acknowledged there was a gap in support for women in our community that needed to be addressed. We realized that to serve widows in our immediate community, a MWC chapter needed to be established.

The Woodlands area MWC chapter is composed of resilient women whose strengths have been magnified through the challenges of widowhood.  I am humbled by the kindness and strength of the widows I have met. The following quote, by Khalil Gibran, reminds me of these beautiful souls.  “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars”.

 screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-3-05-48-pmCo-Leader: Cindy Wilson

My name is Cindy Scardino Wilson and I became a widow on October 13, 2015. This day was the most tragic and devastating day of my life. I felt as though I died that day too.  I met my husband, Richard, when I was only fourteen years old and married at eighteen.

For forty years our souls were grafted together. We started our lives together as kids with a naive innocence and hopes of a wonderful life. We both got our college degrees, had two daughters and three grandsons. We continually strived to become all that we could be.

Despite having a College degree, I would define myself as a wife and mother. My Husband was a driven workaholic and except for a brief period, I did not work outside of the home. He always said that my job was to take care of him so that he could take care of everyone else. My entire identity was defined by my role of wife, mother, grandmother.

My Husband died after a short struggle with a rare disease. Though he lived a short life, he led a meaningful life.  He was a force of nature and the strongest man I ever met. He was the love of my life, the father of my children and the nostalgia of my youth.

My road to recovery has been brutal and traumatic. I feel like a fourteen year old child in the body of mature looking Woman. I had never made an adult decision by myself, never lived alone, never…….the list goes on. But with the help of many heroes, I have survived. It takes a village to save a widow, I had a big village.

The Modern Widows Club is a village, a tribe, a sisterhood that helps to pull each lost little soul forward on this daunting journey called widowhood.

Please contact these leaders at: WoodlandsMWC@modernwidowsclub.com

 

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