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.
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
WIDOWHOOD KNOWS NO BORDERS
We are honored to be a part of the mission of the Rona Foundation – caring for widows and orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. Rona Founder, Roseline Orwa, a widow herself, found Carolyn Moor online and began to follow Modern Widows Club, in hopes to find some encouragement and guidance as she was caring for herself and fellow widows in the villages she served. In October 2019, Ms. Orwa was able to meet Carolyn in person, when she was able to attend a MWC leadership conference. Ms. Orwa is now a leader and Ambassador for Modern Widows Club in Kenya.
We have worked closely with Rona to build huts for the women in their villages, provide education and supplies to their children in the orphanage and help these women find sustainable incomes to provide for their families.
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 2015 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.
RESEARCH ON WIDOWHOOD
- 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). READ MORE