January 2021: “Rediscovering Joy Through a Season of Quarantine“
Jana Sipe Berndt, widow and author of “Finding Norm”, shares in her recent blog post: “Loss is hard. No matter how it comes to you, it’s a punch in the gut. It’s shocking. It’s often harsh. In these unprecedented times, we are all experiencing loss to some degree or another.” (read more)….
December 2020: “Thankfulness“
What are you thankful for? During tough times can we be thankful? With the loss of our spouse, how are we to be thankful? The Thanksgiving holiday has passed but there is much to be grateful for all year long and Naomi Anderson helps us to reflect on those things. (read more)….
November 2020: “Honor Your Limitations“
Kim Denyes, a Spiritual Director with Minnesota ties, invites us to search ourselves for our limitations, name them, and then honor them as God does. (read more)….
October 2020: “Puddles“
Renee Salzbrenner, a member of the North East Metro (White Bear Lake) widow connect group, shares about the puddles of grief. “Some of the puddles of grief I’ve been in are the ‘walk into puddles’, others that come are the ‘back into puddles’, or sometimes you find that it’s a ‘sit in the puddle’”. (read more)…. (puddles in my heart picture)….
September 2020: “Be Proactive Over Loneliness“
Loneliness and isolation are a reality for all Americans today. The new normal of social distancing, working from home, limited public gatherings, and the general anxiety over the spreading virus has led to isolation and loneliness like never before. Jayne Poli gives us five practical ways to be proactive over loneliness. (read more)….
August 2020: “Becoming Independent“
Naomi Anderson states by nature, some of us are independent and some are not. We are either followers or leaders. It seems it is just who we are – neither is good or bad. Some of it is a learned behavior based on our upbringing. Some is based on events that have happened in our lives. We all seem to go through highs and lows in our lives. Many times we become who we are by the way we react to these events. (read more)….
July 2020: “New Normal“
Patty, a member of the North Metro #1 (Big Lake) widow connect group, shares about her experience with finding a new normal after the loss of both her son and her husband (read more)….
June 2020: “God in the Silence“
Patsy Pearson shares the many qualities of silence and how God can use the silence in our lives to speak truths to us (read more)….
May 2020: “Self-Reflection“
Naomi Anderson reflects on her time as a new widow and compares it to her new normal during in this time of coronavirus (read more)….
April 2020: “It’s Hard Being You“
Carrie Curran reminds us that “When we are forced into social distancing it is so important to find ways to connect with the people that are in your life.” because “Doing life is hard, doing it alone is even harder.” (read more)….
March 2020: “Are You Being Blessed Today“
Naomi Anderson writes: “Regardless if we have been widowed or are just going through a tough time in our life, God promises to walk with us in the midst of what we are going through. Psalms 138:7 reads: Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. (NIV)” (read more)….
February 2020: “New!“
Patsy Pearson reminds us of the wonder of ‘new’ things in our lives, and how God’s presence and compassion is continuously new (read more)….
January 2020: “Anticipating the New Year“
Naomi Anderson, Advisory Council Member, and Widow Connect Group Coordinator for Widow Might. Naomi’s New Year insights from several years ago are timeless. “With each New Year we often have anticipations of what we are hoping for. When we think about the prior year, we may be thinking we made it. But we are hoping this next year will be better.” (read more)….
December 2019: “Holiday Ready or Not…“
Naomi Anderson, Advisory Council Member, and Widow Connect Group Coordinator for Widow Might shares her personal blog and unique perspective of the holiday season. “With Thanksgiving behind us for this year and the Christmas holiday just around the corner, this can be the time of year that may be very difficult for many people.” (read more)….
November 2019: “Things NOT to Say to a New Widow“
Kristin Meekhof, author of “A Widow’s Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 years,” shares her emotional journey through her husband’s final weeks after his diagnosis and shares that “My life changed because of his death and because of my husband’s beautiful acceptance of his death.