SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CHAPTER

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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 – Jenn F.

At the age of 28, there was a knock at her door and she looked out and saw 4 Military Personnel. Her heart sank and in that moment her life was shattered. Through the years in Women’s Ministry and as a Professional Photographer, she has had the unique opportunity to minister and empower women through their personal journeys.

With a heart that desires to reach women with love and compassion, her desire is to give them that safe place she needed when her husband died.

Chapter Leader: Rachael M.

Rachael is a mother, friend, lifelong learner, and optimist.

She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with her Masters of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy as well as her Bachelors of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She is currently employed with a local Special Education Cooperative and creates opportunities for success within the school day for children with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down syndrome among many other diagnoses.

When she is not working during the school year, or raising her son, Harper Jude; she spends her time doing yoga in her home, jogging around the neighborhood, hiking, enjoying her back yard, journaling, reading, and practicing the piano or guitar.

In spring of 2017, when Rachael was just 27 years old, she received a 5 am phone call that no one wants to ever receive and the world she thought she knew crumbled at her feet. Her once beloved fiancé Timothy had been called to the Lord suddenly due to heart failure.

Rachael was introduced to MWC summer 2017 and has been an avid and contributing member ever since. Rachael enjoys giving the other women in the group hope, in that the darkness will pass and life goes on; you just have to have FAITH.

Chapter Leader: Amber R.

My husband Jeff and I were a perfect match. His adventurous spirit swept me off my feet at first meeting. We travelled the world together and shared a beautiful life. We were married 4 years when he passed away unexpectedly lying next to me in October 2016, when our son Alistair was only 3 months old.

Alistair and I are living our lives to the fullest, forging our own path , while still honoring and learning about the life and deep love that Jeff and I shared.

I found Modern Widows Club through a friend in 2017 and have found an unexpected but welcome tribe of fierce and strong women. My heart is full after connecting at each gathering and my desire to serve and be an example of strength for others is my reason for leading.

Chapter Leader: Carmen Y.

I have been a Registered Nurse for 30 years and retired in April of 2020. I now enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, learning to play the piano, and spending time with my church family, and volunteer work. Rich, my husband , best friend, and soul mate, died in June of 2017  as the result of a sudden catastrophic stroke.  

In October of 2017 I found Modern Widows club, and my life changed again..  Up until that first meeting I didn’t know any “Modern” Widows. This group of women were leaning into life, there were struggles, but they kept pushing forward. I feel like I just hung onto the hand they held out to me until I was able to reach back for other widows! This is my mission with Modern Widows Club, to help others put one foot in front of the other as they walk this path. To help them learn to soar!


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