Our Mission Statement: We serve to empower widows to “lean into life,” build resilience and release their potential to make a positive difference in the world. Modern Widows Club is designed to create a safe and private environment for widows to lean into life together through the journey. We are the club no one wants to be in because you only get in by virtue of experiencing a great loss. Yet what I hope you find once you’re here is that you’re surrounded by a community of really amazing women that you can lean on and learn from. We’re widows helping widows to live– to go upward and onward. Sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh. We talk about how to tackle challenges without our husbands’ help and cheer each other on. We often share food as we do this, because who doesn’t like to eat? When a woman loses her husband she tends to feel very alone. Regardless of her age or circumstances, she can use other women in her life who understand the unique challenges she is now faced with. She needs women who will build her up and encourage her in this new life she walks. We are stronger together. No woman is an island. We need each other.
Meet our Leaders
Chapter Leader- Elizabeth G. Pregnant and with a young child, Elizabeth became widowed after the death of her 31 year-old husband. As an experienced Social Worker, she knew the value of support groups and therapeutic interventions. She worked many years helping families through their grief journeys and now was traveling her own. She found Modern Widows Club and began attending their meetings. She was empowered by the support of the chapter leaders, Jodie R. and Tammy E., and knew that she wanted to be able to offer support to other Kansas City widows. Two years later, a Chapter leadership role became available and she accepted the opportunity. Elizabeth hopes to continue to grow the services offered through the chapter to further connect, support and embolden others widows.
Chapter Leader – Leslie H. When people ask about losing my husband, I always reply, “I lost my Compass. But I’m trying to find my way.” I was widowed 3 years ago when a new nurse mistakenly flushed his sterile temporary dialysis port instead of his IV. My strong, handsome, talented husband… the man I’d given my kidney to 11 years prior, the boy I’d known since grade school, the marriage we’d devoted our lives to, was over. Randy was dead of massive septic shock 48 hours later. MWC has been the only grief resource I’ve found that provides the encouragement and empowerment needed to live a life of purpose and hope after personal tragedy. I received the validation they understood my fears and feelings of loss. They helped me believe in myself when I had lost all direction and hope.
Chapter Leader – Nicole B..Nicole became a widow when her 36 year old husband died of an undiagnosed cardiac condition. She had 2 young sons at the time that are now teenagers in high school. Recently, Nicole became certified as a life coach with a focus on working with widows. Finding the women in Modern Widows Club and attending meetings in Kansas City has been a wonderful way of both receiving and providing support with other widows. It’s been an important way of sharing this experience with other women who understand the grief of losing a spouse and the emotions associated with moving forward through life after loss. Nicole is excited to continue facilitating this empowering and supportive group.