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Financial picAn article written by Tamara Holmes helps widows find a way to build their credit.

A couple things included are:
A downloadable widow’s financial checklist
Financial resources for military, elderly, and widows with young children

Losing a spouse is one of the most traumatic experiences one can endure. If you are a widow, the emotional toll can be compounded by financial challenges. However, credit can be used strategically to help you get through the tough times and rebuild your life.
Each year, more than 700,000 women in the United States become widows, according to Widows Well, a service that strives to help widows make sound financial choices. For these women, the financial impact can be devastating. Read more….

This article also includes being aware of scams that target widows. Unfortunately, widows are a target for being taken advantage of financially. As if widows don’t have enough to be aware of already! Share resource with others to spread the word!

 

 

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th[4]Everyone experiences grief at one time or another. The grief process is normal, but for some people, it turns into suicide.

What is GRIEF?  (Medicine.Net) The normal process of reacting to a loss. The loss may be physical (Death), social (Divorce) or occupational (Job). Emotional reactions include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness & despair (depression).

However, when grief takes over it can turn into a clinical depression. Some people don’t have coping skills or support they need and don’t want to talk about it. There are treatment and resources that we all should be informed about.

Let me give you some facts: (WebMD) Clinical depression affects about 6.7% of US population over 18 years old. Depressed mood most of the day. Symptoms present for 2 weeks. Recurring thoughts of death/suicide. There is high risk of suicide with depression. Over 90% of people that die by suicide have clinical depression or another mental disorder.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports for every suicide, there are 25 attempts!

 

There are resources!!

  1. Grief Support Groups – Griefshare (Christian based program)
  2. Various support groups for specific illnesses (Cancer, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, etc.)
  3. Caregiver support groups
  4. American Cancer Society has Programs & Services (Helps people with cancer & loved ones to understand cancer, mange their lives through treatment, recovery and find emotional support)
  5. Professional counselors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists

So we need to talk about grief more! When we know someone is grieving over a loss or other main event such as divorce or illness, we need to get the resources to the people before it’s too late! Let’s be more aware!!

2018 WIDOW’S RETREAT

widows journey 2018 retreatDo you have that need to get away? To find someone that understands the loss of a spouse like you do? It may be time to take that next step!

My widow friend, Ferree, will be a small group leader for this retreat in March. Visit her website, Widow’s Christian Place and pray if this fits into your New Year….

A weekend for women of any age who are WIDOWS
and at any point in their journey.

People say, “Isn’t it wonderful he’s with the Lord,” and you want to yell, “No! He should be here with me.”

Spend a weekend with other women who have lost their husbands to death. You will be with people who understand your journey. Come share your heart and your hurt and be encouraged as we remind ourselves that, hard as it is, our God is able. Learn from women who are where you are, women who have weathered grief and difficult times.

2018 Widow’s Journey Retreat Sign Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a6d35804-7b97-4538-90e0-5ba63074b195[1]My church put together five simple concepts they felt were important about making New Year’s Resolutions. So they wanted to remind us of those:
1) Keep it Simple
2) Include others
3) Celebrate Accomplishments
4) Encourage Often
5) Focus on the Big Picture
Additionally, they sent an exercise that would be a great way to finish out 2017 and begin 2018: I filled it out and it was a great reflection from the year past and the year to come!

 

 

2017:

2 FAVORITE MEMORIES

  1. Buying a new home
  2. Road-trip with my sister

3 THINGS I’M GRATEFUL FOR

  1. My parents moved to GA
  2. My daughter was OK after her accident
  3. Everyone in our family had good health last year

1 HARD LESSON I LEARNED

  1. I can’t do everything! God is still in control!

1 THING I DID THIS YEAR I’M PROUD OF

  1. I reconnected with several family members

2018:

3 PLACES I WANT TO GO

  1. San Francisco- to see my new granddaughter in April
  2. Florida- to go to my friend’s son’s wedding
  3. To the Georgia mountains in the Fall

2 WAYS I CAN HELP OTHERS

  1. Pursue my job as a Social Worker
  2. Pursue selling my book to help other widows

1 THING I WANT TO GET BETTER AT

  1. Marketing my book by giving Speeches

2 THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO

  1. Meeting my new grandbaby
  2. My Step-daughter’s wedding

3 NEW THINGS I WANT TO TRY

  1. Doing Grief presentations
  2. Sticking to more healthy eating
  3. Trying new recipes

This is my list so now it’s your turn!

 

OrnamentA special way to celebrate your loved one during Christmas is to personalize a Christmas ornament in his or her memory. Pick a photo that you like and personalize it. It’s a wonderful Christmas gift for family and friends!

I found this website that will guarantee Christmas delivery with Holiday Express Shipping by midnight tonight!!

 

https://www.personalizationmall.com/Personalized-Memorial-Gifts-s32.store

 

 

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This year, Tate Publishing and Enterprises, who published my memoir, “A Widow’s Pursuit”, went out of business. I did some edits and it’s back on Amazon with an updated 2017 version.

Get your copy now…A Widow’s Pursuit

Or buy a copy for a friend or family member who is going through grief. Grief is not only about losing a spouse or loved one, but a devastating change in our lives where a loss occurs. How do we get through and find a new normal? In every situation, there’s one sure way to get through grief and find joy, love and happiness again. Read my story!!

To update my 2017 version, my baby, Nicole, and her husband Teigan, are expecting their first baby this coming March! So soon I’ll have 3 grandchildren!!!! Life goes on…..

th[3]Grief is not only about losing a loved one, but also about losing our life as we know it.

Since many people will be affected from the Hurricanes this season, I wanted to share a post from Ferree, my widow friend, that was related to “Harvey”.

Widow’s Christian Place shares a face post from a Katrina survivor to share her testimony and advice on how we still need a great God!

 

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