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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!!

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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…..

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aseasonofgriefsmall[1]It’s coming….that dreaded holiday season…just around the corner. When someone you love dies, it seems like life around the holidays really hits hard. Sometimes, depression sets in and we’d like to hibernate for the next several months.

Think about going to a grief support group. I would suggest getting involved in a group with “GriefShare” before the holidays and then signing up for “A Season of Grief Daily Emails” for the following year in 2018. You’ll meet with others that will understand what you may be going through.

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th[1]One thing that brought joy in my widowhood, was traveling. My friends and family would agree, that it was hard to keep me from driving around the country. I had to keep moving in order to deal with the pain of grief. If these cruises were around at that time (over 20 years ago) you bet I’d be signing up!

Visit The Grief Toodlbox and find out about the 2018 Bereavement Cruise out of Tampa, Florida for a 5-night Western Caribbean Cruise:

 THE 2018 BEREAVEMENT CRUISE

GET YOUR REGISTRATION IN EARLY TO GET
THE BEST PRICE AND CABIN LOCATION. SEE LINKS BELOW!

I HOPE YOU WILL PLAN TO JOIN US.  PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENT WEBSITE TO LEARN ABOUT THE CRUISE AND TO REGISTER.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
CALL:  LIN FINDLAY
315-725-6132

Click the link below to register for the Bereavement Cruise:
https://regisweb.cruiseplannersnet.com/rw/register/passengers/7828

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