Resources for Widows


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 that I personally use or can 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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I’ve created a free resource library. to help lessen the overwhelm that comes from running a household and managing a family alone.

Whether you need an income and expenses worksheet, essential traveler’s checklist or a room-by-room home inventory list to itemize your home’s contents for insurance purposes, you’ll find several helpful documents to help tackle your to-do’s.

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Grief Support


Soaring Spirits International
Connecting widowed people to each other through regional social events, camps, forums, and blogs.

Camp Widow
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 Books


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 Rasmussen shows us that loss can actually be a powerful catalyst for 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
An identity theft protection I’ve used for 5+ years that scours billions of data points to discover vulnerabilities and alert you when your identity may be at risk.

Carbonite
An easy and affordable online backup service I’ve used for 11+ years. Protect your data from the most common forms of data loss with set-it-and-forget-it daily cloud backup.


Make Money


FlexJobs
A game-changing resource for finding professional, remote jobs. Perfect for widowed solo parents looking for more alternative schedules. Every company and position is hand-screened by the Flex Jobs staff so you know you’re getting top-notch job listings. This is a very well-curated site for not only freelance jobs but also remote and otherwise flexible gigs. It’s sorted by the type of freelance job (or otherwise) you may want, and you won’t have to worry about scam postings, because they research the jobs and monitor new gigs pretty thoroughly.

Decluttr
Make money clearing out your old CDs, DVDs, games, books, cell phones, and other tech items. They pay you for your unwanted stuff in one simple transaction and shipping is FREE.


Save Money


Trim
A personal financial assistant that analyzes your spending accounts to help you save money, negotiates bills on your behalf and cancels subscriptions you don’t use. This amazing tool constantly monitors your financial activity and looks for savings while you’re busy doing other things.

Policy Genius
Compare and buy insurance online with quotes taking as little as five minutes.

Thrive Market
The best place to buy organic brands for 25-50% less than other stores.


Treat Yo’self


Stitch Fix
You need a personal stylist who selects clothes just for you and ships them directly to your house. You really do. Fill out a style profile, determine a price range and receive clothes tailored to your taste, budget, and lifestyle. No more slogging through the mall!

FabFitFun
The BEST subscription box packed with specially selected beauty, fitness, and wellness products. The full-size and seasonally appropriate products are particularly well-curated and FUN. Who doesn’t love a surprise every now and then?! You deserve this.

Butcher Box
The best 100% grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork shipped directly to your door. If high-quality, ethically raised, meat is on the top of your priority list, give this monthly subscription service a try.