( Please note: This is a closed and private group for widowed parents with children up to the ages of 25 years old. This is NOT a dating site. If you would like to start a Wise Widowed Parents chapter in your state or city, please contact us through this site )
We understand "GRIEF HAS NO EXPIRATION DATE." We provide a SAFE, FREE and FUN atmosphere for widowed parents and their children. We honor our past, share love in the present, and build into our future through our FAITH, HOPES and DREAMS.
Unfortunately, there are few support groups for widowed parents who still have dependent children in their care. Being a single widowed parent, has many challenges when parenting solely by yourself and trying to navigate through grief. We have found when widowed parents and their children come in contact with others who have had a love one die, there is a natural healing and supportive bond that starts to occur immediately, both with the parents and the children. A group of "wise widowed parents" saw value in coming together to share and learn from one another. We host a variety of family friendly meet ups. In addition, we also host FREE teleconference calls for the parents.
Now widowed parents from all over the city, state and country can call into our FREE monthly teleconference calls and visit with other widowed parents and grief experts. Together, we will share and explore tips and solutions to the various stages and challenges of grief while trying to create a new "normal."
Widowed parents "meeting up" on a group teleconference call will experience many benefits.
# 1. No fees (...except from your own phone provider... FREE if you have unlimited minutes!)
# 2. You do not have to find childcare.
# 3. You do not have to spend time and gas to get from one place to another.
# 4. You can remain anonymous and participate in these calls in the privacy of our own home and usually after the children are in bed.
# 5. You don't have to worry about what you look like or if you are going to have a tearful moment.
# 6. You can send in your specific questions ahead of time and the moderator will post them anonymously to the group or speaker for feed back.
# 7. You can just simply listen in and say nothing, too.
In addition to the monthly teleconference calls, we will also be hosting various FUN family activities that strengthen family ties and new friendships with other widowed families. We also encourage each member to read other family profiles and reach out to families who may have something in common with their family.
Wise Widowed Parents are a group of peers for YOU and your family if you are a widowed parent who is currently SINGLE, DATING or REMARRIED. We would love to meet you and walk along side of you in this wacky world of widowhood and beyond. All we ask from you is to keep your heart open to LEARN, SHARE, SERVE and GROW.
Side Note: How Wise Widowed Parents was formed
WWP is a vision and creation of its founder, Natalie Grooms (aka Ryan-Ramirez). After her best friend and husband of 21 years lost his body to a 7 month cancer battle, she was left with the many daunting challenges of being not only a mid-life widow, but also a single widowed parent of a 4 and 6 year old. Natalie and her late husband, Willie Ramirez, were finally blessed to start their family after 15 years of marriage. It was their joint mission to grow old together and enjoy the many years of blessings while being parents and life-long mentors for their growing children. Unfortunately, that was not their storybook ending.
Now being a single widowed parent, and a woman of faith, Natalie was determined not to let earthly death, grief, or depression rob her and her young children of a "happily ever-after." She was determined to continue to provide a loving and fun family home environment Willie and she worked so hard to provide before Willie was diagnosed with cancer. She continued to embrace Willie's lasting love and drew comfort and strength in his last request and blessing to go on and move forward in pursuing LOVE and HAPPINESS after his death.
With the gift of Willie's blessings safely stored in Natalie's heart pocket, and armed with God's word and promises, Natalie soon began to step out in faith and take a "proactive" approach with her own grieving process. She started to research a variety of resources and support groups to help her and her children navigate through the unpredictable and turbulent sea of "grief." After attending four family grief camps in three different states, two national symposium for grieving children (NAGC) and personally attending over 200 support groups relating to grief, she quickly discovered there were very few support groups and resources that provided ongoing support and ideas for grieving parents with young children still in their care. Most available grief resources were depressing and lacked the support in CREATING and MAINTAINING a healthy, fun, loving, and balanced home environment for all family members left behind after the death of a parent.
Natalie also discovered that a lot of "WISE" and helpful tips, hints, and information naturally came from the lips of other widowed parents when given the opportunity to share and focus on the positive things that were working in their family's every day life. Thus, a group of "Wise Widowed Parents" soon evolved.
Please Note: This meetup group is not intended to take the place of therapy and it is strongly recommended that you seek out professional help for any disturbing grief concerns or behaviors you or your children may be experiencing. This group will be facilitated by widowed parents for widowed parents.
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