Every woman’s experience is different and uniquely hers so the Birmingham MWC Chapter was launched in 2017, to meet socially in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to listen, encourage, support and empower fellow widows of all ages in Birmingham and the surrounding cities. It is easier to go through this new way of ‘life” called widowhood with woman who understand and have “been there”. We can listen to others testimonies and challenges and realize we are not “crazy” after all it is just part of the grief journey. We need to be able to talk to women that empathize with us instead of sympathize. We do not need anybody’s sympathy that is not why we are here. We are here because we are compassionate for others and want to empower them to get out and “live life again”! Widowhood is an overwhelming journey and we are here to laugh, cry and hold your hand through it all. Hope to see you soon!
My story as a widow really starts the day he died. I immediately was aware that I did not know who I was or could become without him. We were married 46 years, and close for 50. Most of my life. This journey has been on of discovery. In the extreme sense! On Facebook I found Modern Widows Club in 2010. I began to follow and communicate with Carolyn Moor. I found widowed friends all over this country. I could be honest with all and tell about my miseries and pain. We formed online friendships. I think I joined the Private Conversation site in 2013 and that led into a ministry of encouragement. I continue this to this day. In 2015, I applied and was accepted as a Leader for a Chapter. Life interrupted and some delays ensued. Yet, not all discouraged I attended the Leadership Conference in Seattle in 2016…and it sealed the deal for me. This organization is where I will donate my time, my money and my influence for the continued betterment for Widows.Widowed and now in my 9th year. My husband was my biggest advocate and still is to this day. I know he is happy I am involving myself to Leadership for Modern Widows Club and I feel his presence and cheers everyday.
Leader: Kimberly Walker
In April of 2013 and at the age of 44 my life changed forever when my second husband passed away suddenly due to a tragic motorcycle accident. In the blink of an eye I became a widow. We had my three daughters and his two sons between us. Most were young adults except the youngest was eleven. I knew I had to keep going for her so a few months later trying to cope with widowhood I searched for a widow group in and around Birmingham that was right for me. I could not find anything and that is when it was laid on my heart that when I was able to I was going to start one.Fall of 2016, I came across Modern Widows Club and started following them on Facebook. A post popped up that they were starting new city chapters so I responded and after a few interviews I was given the opportunity to start a new chapter in Birmingham, Alabama along with my Co-Leader, Bonnie Walker.I am so thankful and excited to start this new adventure with Bonnie’s help and knowledge and to get the opportunity to meet and empower other widows in Birmingham and the surrounding cities. We will be launching the new Birmingham Modern Widows Club Chapter this Fall. Contact Kimberly.