THE STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION OF THIS GROUP IS CHANGING. IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS ALREADY PENDING WE WILL REVIEW IT FOR APPROVAL. ALL SIGN UP INFORMATION MUST BE RECEIVED IN OUR POST OFFICE BOX BY 1/1/2015. MEMBERSHIP WILL BE CLOSED AS OF THAT DATE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THANKS.
We are an Activities & Social Group for Widows and Widowers Plus Our Friends. Our original group was started on Dec. 8th, 2010.
Only widowed individuals or those who have lost a significant other (because they passed away) are candidates for membership. We post activities : movies, dinners, brunches, trips, day trips, concerts, etc. Our Objective is to make new friends while enjoying the company of others who understand our loss.. The group is maintained by it's members who are called " event organizers" . Click on the profile of the group organizer and ask for help we will always be happy to answer your questions. Looking forward to meeting you..
WE ASK PEOPLE FOR VERY BASIC PROOF OF BEING WIDOWED OR OF THEIR LOSS. THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU SEND THAT INFORMATION IS POSTED BELOW. . THERE IS NO COST TO JOIN. WE WILL APPROVE YOUR MEMBERSHIP WHEN YOUR SIGN UP INFORMATION IS RECEIVED.
Please send your sign up information to our Post Office Box. The information you should include is your Name, Address, Phone number, a contact person in case of emergency, an email address plus a statement of your loss. Some type of proof if available. That could be a Newspaper Obituary, A Mass or Memorial Card or if those things are not available. Send what you do have NEVER GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURETY NUMBERS, ETC. THAT ISN'T NECESSARY. Copies of everything are fine. We cannot return originals..(a death certificate should not be copied. If that is all you have as proof send your information in and make a note you only have an original death certificate, we will be in touch about how to proceed). Our post office box - Widows and Widowers plus our friends. P. O. Box 123, Zieglersville, Pa 19492.. please let us know you are sending your information so we can watch for it. We will approve your membership as soon as possible after your information arrives. Thank you.
IF YOU ARE NEWLY WIDOWED OR ARE LOOKING FOR SOME TYPE OF SUPPORT. PLEASE CHECK OUT SOME OF THE SOURCES LISTED BELOW.
WE ARE NOT COUNSELORS. WE ARE PRIMARILY AN ACTIVITIES GROUP. PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE SOURCES BELOW IF YOU ARE A RECENT WIDOW OR WIDOWER SEEKING COUNSELING. The following list isn't all inclusive, there are other sources, ask your family doctor or church to advise you on how to find them. If your need includes help with housing, health issues, energy or that type of thing there may be a county agency able to help you. Please follow the link to the Montgomery County Agencies who deal with Human Services. Other Counties will have similar agencies.
CONTACT A HOSPICE GROUP THROUGH YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL, MANY OFFER FREE COUNSELING.
CONTACT A CHURCH OR LOCAL ORGANIZATION FOR HELP. A FEW SUGGESTIONS ARE LISTED BELOW.
IF YOU ARE ABOVE THE AGE OF 55 YOU MAY FIND CONTACTING YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER HELPFUL. THEY OFFER GROUP ACTIVITIES AT A VERY MODERATE COST.
SEARCH THE MEETUP SITE FOR OTHER GROUPS WHO WELCOME THE WIDOWED
Contact "To Live Again" they are a widows and widowers group who have been operating in the Delaware Valley for over Forty Years. The group also maintains a Hot line for the newly widowed.
Phone: (610) 353-7740
They have 7 chapters in PA and
One in New Jersey.
If you are a young widow between the ages of 20 and 49, please check out an online internet group called YoungWidows. Org. http://www.youngwidow.org/
The Young Widow and Widower Support Group at the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyne, PA meets two Tuesdays/month, September through June.<br> Contact: Sandra King @ (610) 896-5720 Support Group at Elkins Park Hospital. The Young Widows and Widowers Group is for those under age 50 and is organized by the Counseling Network for Loss & Transition.<br> Phone: (215) 624-8190 Samaritan Hospice (Marlton, NJ) offers several free grief support groups to those who have lost a spouse at a young age and to those grieving the loss of a same-sex partner.<br> Phone: 1-800-229-8183<br> Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Most Churches offer Nondenominational Support.
There is a group called: New Beginnings. It is not on line.
New Beginnings/ St Stan's in Lansdale /VISITATION- TROOPER <br> New Beginnings affords anyone who is widowed the opportunity to associate with people from similar circumstances in a supportive environment through activities, events, and travel. This group meets the third Thursday of every month, September through June, at 7 pm in the Parish Center. You do not have to be Catholic to attend.
St Mary's Catholic Church/Schwenksville
Exodus Catholic Bereavement Ministry - Journey of Grief - Small confidential groups. Exodus, offers support for adults who have experienced a death of a relative or friend. Contact Sister Marie Rose for more information. 610-287-8156
Montgomery county also maintains a list of services which include anything from healthcare to housing services....http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?nid=1590. If you are from the Skippack area there is an organization called. "The center for Loss and Bereavement" They offer counseling year round and a summer camp for children who have lost a parent.
If you are from the Chester County area there is a non profit called "Peter's Place" they provide counseling and support to families who have lost a child or a parent.
BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. It is never easy losing someone you love but time does help.