If you are widowed or lost your partner and are looking for a grief support group for the widowed, run by the widowed, this is the place (we will use the term "widowed" to mean anyone who has lost their spouse or partner). This group is affiliated with Widowed Community Education & Support Services, Inc (WCESS, Inc.) and formed the first peer-to-peer support group for the widowed community in the Phoenix area. Our goal, over time, is to add more widowed-to-widowed support groups throughout the Valley and in fact we just started our second group located in Central Phoenix.

The widowed-to-widowed grief support group is a peer-to-peer grief support group facilitated by the widowed. The purpose of these groups is to provide a support system for the widowed, a place to listen to the experiences and stories of others that have also lost a spouse. This is a place to meet new people and build new friendships with those who know what you are going through. These groups are not primarily designed as social groups, but socializing certain does and can happen during or outside of the meetings.

The ground rules for these groups are as follows:

  1. We are religiously neutral. Members have various beliefs and we respect those beliefs. What is common among all members, though, is the death of a spouse or partner.
  2. What is said during the group meeting stays in the group meeting.
  3. Only one person has the floor at a time. If you wish to say something, raise your hand or get the attention of the person currently speaking or the facilitator.
  4. This is a support group. We don't diagnose problems and we don't provide advice. We provide support to each other.

This organization is overseen by an Advisory Committee. The Committee provides and/or acquires legal and financial coordination for this non-profit organization as well as provides training for the more experienced widows and widowers as facilitators for the groups.

CONFERENCE FOR THE WIDOWED - 2011: Another initiative in the Valley is a weekend conference for the widowed scheduled for October 28-30, 2011 at the main ASU campus in Tempe. This conference will bring together the widowed from all parts of Arizona and the US to share their stories and lessons learned. In addition, we have over 20 great speakers, experts in their fields, many who are also widowed, covering topics including: coping with grief, new relationships, money & finance, estate planning, maintaining your car and home, cooking for one, and much more. If you have an interest in attending this Conference visit http://WidowedCommunity.org to learn more or register. The organizer of this Meetup.com group is also the organizer of the conference.

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