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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Imagine receiving personalized text messages at least twice a week with tips and support helping you process your grief. Grief Coach personalizes text messages based on your relationship to the deceased, cause of death, and more. Plus, your personal subscription includes up to 4 people who want to support you in our grief. They receive text messages too with specific ways to help. Click here to receive $10 off a yearly subscription.
Soaring Spirits International
Soaring Spirits International connects widowed people to each other through regional social events, camps, forums, and blogs.
Camp Widow is 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
The 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.
The Eluna Network
Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope, and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction.
Their National Bereavement Resource Guide compiles grief organizations by state and local resources. Just click on your region/state and view a PDF of available grief organizations and grief camps in your area.
If finding affordable therapy is out of your financial reach, contact Open Path Psychotherapy Collective. This non-profit, nationwide network of mental health professionals serves consumers who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance doesn’t provide adequate mental health benefits. Mental health care is provided at deeply reduced rates for individuals and families in need.
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 is an identity theft protection I’ve used for 7+ years that scours billions of data points to discover vulnerabilities and alert you when your identity may be at risk. Be alerted when your SSN, credit card numbers, financial account numbers, health insurance number, and more are detected on the Dark Web.
An easy and affordable online backup service that protects your data from the most common forms of data loss with set-it-and-forget-it daily cloud backup. After your initial backup is complete you can set an automated schedule, and IDrive will work quietly in the background saving your data day after day. Easily sync between devices and use the web interface to ensure data availability at all times.
FlexJobs is 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 FlexJobs 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 helps you make money clearing out your old CDs, DVDs, games, books, cell phones, and other tech items. Decluttr pays you for your unwanted stuff in one simple transaction and shipping is FREE.
Do you have mad proofreading and editing skills? And like the idea of working from literally anywhere? My friend Caitlin over at Proofread Anywhere has just released a completely free proofreading workshop that pulls back the curtain to see inside the world of proofreading books and blogs. If you love words, details, and red pens, then you will want to check this out. Quality proofreaders are in high demand, and Caitlin will show you exactly what you need to do to become a rockstar proofreader.
Think you’ve got the chops to offer support services to other businesses? Maybe you could put your skills to work as a Virtual Assistant (VA). VA’s do anything from content or email management to bookkeeping to social media management for their clients. The Fully Booked VA guides you through establishing, launching, and managing your VA business. The value-packed lessons, videos, and worksheets are well worth your initial investment. Read my interview with the course creator here.
Notary Public Loan Signing Agent
Loan signing agents walk homebuyers through the forms and contracts they must sign when closing on a new home loan. Real estate agents and loan officers need signing agents, who have a notary public certification, to ensure all home loan documents are filled out and signed correctly.
Learn how to become a loan signing agent from this reputable Loan Signing System course. This course takes you step-by-step through learning the different types of closing documents and teaches you how to get signing jobs.
Trim is a personal financial assistant that analyzes your spending accounts and helps you save money, negotiates bills on your behalf, and cancel subscriptions you don’t use. This amazing tool constantly monitors your financial activity and looks for savings while you’re busy doing other things.
Don’t want to deal with comparing insurance coverage with multiple carriers? Let Gabi, your insurance concierge compare all your insurance options to find you the right policy at the best price, all in under two minutes.
Thrive Market is the best place to buy organic brands online for 25-50% less than other stores.
Stitch Fix is a mail-order personal shopping service that selects clothes just for you and ships them directly to your house. After you fill out a style profile and determine a price range, a Stich Fix stylist hand selects clothes tailored to your taste, budget, and lifestyle and sends them to you with a style sheet containing different ideas for how to wear each item. No more slogging through the mall!
FabFitFun is 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 super FUN. The price for each box is significantly lower than the total cost of each item making it one of the best values around. Besides, who doesn’t love a box full of surprise goodies every now and then?! You deserve this.