CHANGING LIVES… ONE WIDOW AT A TIME

Each year, countless widows find Modern Widows Club searching for support, encouragement and help finding their way through the loss of their spouse. MWC was created to offer that love and support, educated and advocate on behalf of widows, and encourage these ladies to lean back into life with a strong resilience than they’ve ever thought was possible. Hear directly from widows who have had life-changing experiences being a part of MWC.

WIDOW ADVOCACY

On International Widows Day June 23, 2018, Modern Widows Club took our camera to the streets at the Orlando Farmer’s Market and asked ordinary citizens if they could pick out the widow from our board.  Participants were shocked and amazed by what they found. If you know a widow, please share our organization and join our sisterhood. We’re here for her!! http://modernwidowsclub.org

Every day in America nearly 2800 women become widowed, but no one talks about it.
The US ranks 3rd in the world for the most widowed women at 14 million.

US Stats: (US Census Bureau and the 2105 World Widows Report)

  • The average age of a widow is 59
  • Of the 14 million widows, 66% are over 65yrs and 34% are under 65yrs.
  • 70% of all married women will face the stage of widowhood
  • Widows live an average of 15 yrs longer than their partners
  • Of the 14 million widows, 49% earn less than $25,000 a year and widowhood is often a ticket to poverty.
  • Over 740,000 widows live in extreme poverty unable to provide food, shelter and basic necessities.
  • Secondary Losses often crush widows as they lose their homes, jobs, insurances, credit, status, security, identity, faith, intimacy, confidant, parenting partner and best friend. Widowhood is an all affront attack on women’s health
  • Losing a spouse is 100 stress points on the Holmes and Rahe Social Readjustment Scale and ranking #1. With all the other losses, she often is near the 300 stress point level which places her in an 80% chance of becoming seriously ill.

Widows want role models, champions and positive, supportive communities that inspire them.
Modern Widows Club was founded in 2011 in Orlando, FL by Founding Director Carolyn Moor by welcoming two widows to mentor into her personal home. That has grown into a national organization of over 20 statewide chapters, led by over 50 widows leaders that reaches 25,000 widows worldwide. With monthly face to face meetings, online events, monthly topic videos, inspirational emails, an annual Widow Empowerment Event, they soon became the premier US research population raising awareness and advocacy for widows. We are the pioneers of a new frontier in modern widowhood. What is misunderstood is underserved, educating widows and society while creating more services, programs and outreach is vital. Together, we can support and empower more widows in the world. Modern Widows Club gives widows a collective voice in society and the opportunity to find her new identity in life. It’s focused on growth and empowerment, not grief, although everyone in MWC is experiencing grief in their own way.

Modern Widows Club has also partnered with outside organization to broaden the spectrum in research on widowhood.  Attached are a few of those articles on that research.

Helping Repartnered Widows Navigate Romance and Finance: The Role of Financial Advice

by Kathleen M. Rehl, PhD, CFP, CeFT,  Carrie L. West, PhD,  Linda Y. Leitz, PhD, CFP, EA, CDFA,  John E. Grable, PhD, CFP, Carolyn C. Moor,  Michele Neff Hernandez,  Susan Bradley, CFP, CeFT .

This paper reports the findings from an international study designed to assess the financial satisfaction and life well-being of re-partnered widows (those who are now remarried or in a long-term relationship). Based on an Internet survey that was disseminated widely among widowed support groups from around the world, findings suggest that re-partnered widows who work with a financial professional before remarrying or entering a long-term relationship are more satisfied today with how they handle their finances than those who do not. Highest satisfaction was noted among re-partnered widows when financial advisors talked to them about their new relationships and the related financial issues. Widows who later re-partnered had been less financially confident at the time they were widowed. Other findings from the study suggest that financial confidence increases, and financial challenges associated with re-partnering decrease, among those who work with financial advisors. Receiving advice from other widows and those considering re-partnering is also important in shaping satisfaction and well-being.

Widows’ Voices: The Value of Financial Planning

by Kathleen M. Rehl, PhD, CFP, CeFT,  Carolyn C. Moor,  Linda Y. Leitz, CFP, EA, CDFA,  John E. Grable, PhD, CFP

In this article, findings from a study designed to evaluate the perceptions of widows in relation to financial advice are reported. Based on a sample of 1,100 widowed respondents, results suggest that working with a financial advisor significantly improved widows’ financial confidence in their current and future financial situations. Practical implications for advisors are presented with additional suggestions for further work in this important area.