I regularly come across useful resources for widows and must-have tools, encouraging blogs, valuable side hustles and lots of other ways to make your life easier. I promise to always pass along the good stuff I find, so check back often.
Just so you know, I only recommend products I personally use or verify. I have a strong aversion to promoting resources or products that I haven’t vetted. Rest assured, I won’t write about or suggest anything that isn’t based on my own experience or my own research.
Hopefully, the following recommendations will save you time, money or your sanity which we widows know is always in short supply.
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Soaring Spirits International
Connecting widowed people to each other through regional social events, camps, forums, and blogs.
A weekend camp that provides both practical tools and relevant resources for widowed persons rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of the death of a spouse or partner.
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.
Hello Grief Resource Directory
List of resources by state to help with grief and bereavement.
Widow to Widow
Genevieve Davis Ginsburg is a widow and therapist who offers advice for coping with loss in all stages of widowhood.
The Grief Club: The Secret to Getting Through All Kinds of Change
Melody Beattie provides stories of human loss in its many forms in a powerfully healing way.
When Things Fall Apart; Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Pema Chodron, an American Tibetan Buddhist, shows us that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. This is a powerful book. Please keep an open mind. You don’t have to believe in Buddhism to appreciate what she says or how she says it.
Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, and Love Again
Christina Rassmusen shows us that loss can actually be a powerful catalyst to creating a life that is in alignment with your true passions and values.
A Widow’s Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the first 5 Years
Kristin Meekhof’s book shows grieving widows what to expect and how to deal with the challenges of losing a life partner.
Protect Your Data
Identity Guard is an identity theft protection and recovery service I’ve been using for five + years. It’s easier to protect yourself from identity theft than to deal with the ramifications after a breach. Identity Guard monitors your personal information including credit monitoring, dark web monitoring, and online protection plus lots more. Peace of mind is priceless.
Carbonite is an automatic, unlimited cloud backup for computers. I’ve had too many hard-drive crashes to rely on any other backup method. Once the initial backup is set up, everything happens automatically. All of my computer data is backed up on a daily basis, in the background, without me doing anything. Protect all your data from photos to documents to email to music.
If you’re looking for a way to make money clearing out your old CDs, DVDs, games, books, cell phones, and other tech items, check out Decluttr. They pay you for your unwanted stuff in one simple transaction. And shipping is FREE. Their “Super Fast Next Day Payments” mean you get paid the day after your stuff arrives by one of three convenient payment methods: direct deposit, check or Paypal.
FlexJobs is a game-changing resource if you are interested in a professional job that also offers some kind of work flexibility-such as remote options, a flexible schedule, freelance work, or a part-time schedule. Perfect for widowed solo parents looking for more alternative schedules. Flex Jobs works with thousands of companies who post flexible jobs directly to their site and every company and position is hand-screened by the Flex Jobs staff so you know you’re getting top-notch job listings. No scams on this site. Just professional job listings in many different professional fields.
Do you ever wish you had a personal assistant who analyzed your spending accounts to help you save money? Or negotiated bills on your behalf (hello Comcast)? Or canceled subscriptions you don’t use? Now you do and your personal assistant is called Trim. This amazing tool helps you realize your money-saving goals by constantly monitoring your financial activity and looking for savings while you’re busy doing other things. It notifies you when you’ve saved money. It’s that easy.
Policy Genius makes it easy to compare and buy insurance online. Quotes take as little as five minutes. Policy Genius can guide you in determining your insurance needs or just provide a quote. Either way, it’s a simple, streamlined process for people who want to buy insurance on their own.
I love, love, love Thrive Market. It’s the best place to buy the organic brands I love for less. I’m talking 25-50% less than other stores. I also eat gluten-free (because of gluten sensitivity, not celiac) and while it’s a hit or miss to find gluten-free products in my local grocery store, I never have a problem finding what I need at Thrive Market. Whether you’re gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto or middle-of-the-road flexitarian, there’s something for every dietary need and lifestyle.
Brandless is another place to find high-quality products at affordable prices. How? They cut out the middleman and ship direct. Everything on their site is just $3. Yes, everything. You can find organic, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO products to fit every lifestyle. I especially like their Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce. It’s a hard product to find!