There were no campfire songs, s’mores or swimming at the camp held Nov. 10 to 12 in downtown Toronto. But there were roundtable discussions, tears, laughter and new friendships forged at Camp Widow.
Being a widow can feel like being the Bee Girl. I’m talking about that little tutu-wearing girl dressed like a bumble bee in Blind Melon’s “No Rain” video. She’s tap-dancing her little heart out in her little yellow and black outfit, but she’s rejected by a world not sure what to do with her general bee-ness. No one gets her, until she discovers a group of other tutu-wearing, dancing people who take her in joyously. She doesn’t have to explain herself, because everybody there already understands. She’s free to be herself, in all her bright, tap-dancing glory, because she’s found her tribe.
Tanya Villanueva Tepper was thinking wedding plans — not widowhood — the morning of September 11, 2001. Her fiancé, a New York City firefighter, was among the thousands killed when the Twin Towers were attacked. She was forced to learn how to live every day without her Sergio.
Thousands of widowed people from nearly every state and from as far away as Australia gathered in San Diego Friday to participate in Camp Widow, a three-day camp where those who have lost a mate can share encouragement and help others overcome the loss.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau 800,000 people are widowed each year in the United States; and for this population, there is a constant struggle to find support communities due to the isolation often associated with acute grieving. When Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation (SSLF) was founded in 2008, it was for the purpose of filling this need. In keeping with its mission, SSLF announces the launch of a new campaign, You Are Not Alone on June 23, International Widows Day.
Unique Camp provides resources and hope for widowed people (Simi Valley, CA) May 8, 2011 – When you think of summer camp – typically outdoor showers, cabins, and camp fires come to mind. For Camp Widow™ – the description is slightly different – outdoor showers are replaced with hope, cabins with support and camp fires […]