We are excited to serve widows from all walks and stages of life in our community of Winston Salem and surrounding areas. We do have a special place in our widow hearts for widows with children at home, although our desire is to serve all widows regardless of stage of life. It is important to us as chapter leaders to encourage the reduction of mental health/substance use stigma after widowhood and encouraging widows to seek treatment, provide a safe, non judgmental space, and an environment that creates the desire to thrive. Giving back is also a part of our values and we will plan to discuss how we can give back to our community as a chapter.
Meet our Leaders
Leaders: Jordan H. and Lauren B.
Jordan met and married Michael and we soon become a family of 3. He always said he wanted to grow old and have a “Ruth and Roy type love”. They were our neighbors who had been married longer than most people live. On a Wednesday night after our son had Taekwondo testing, I become a widow at the age of 32 when my husband died of a massive heart attack; left to raise our 6 year old son. I made sure that I let myself grieve and stay down a bit, but also picked myself up, often with help from others. I am so grateful and proud to say I not only survived, but now I’m living. It is not easy, it’s intentional.
Lauren married my husband after dating him for 7 years, we were the best of friends. On our first night of vacation at the beach he passed away while our 5 year old daughter slept in the next room. As I reached for his wrist and found no pulse, I screamed in fear. The fear that I was now young and alone. I never got that last I love you or that last kiss…he was just gone and I was left to tell my 5 year old daughter when she woke up the next morning that he Daddy would not be coming back-ever. Lauren G. Bowen Age now (39) then (37)Winston-Salem Chapter.