Monthly Blog Posts
June 2021:  When You Honor Memorial Day as a Marine Widow
As we reflect on the recent Memorial Day holiday, we share the story of Kelli Campbell a Marine widow. As a young widow with 4 children she tells us about her husband and his death and how “fearing the worst wouldn’t have prepared me for it or prevented it, but fear would have kept us from enjoying to the fullest the fifteen years God had planned”. Your story may be similar or very different than Kelli’s but her faith will inspire you. (read more)….

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May 2021:  Grace and Mercy
What do grace and mercy have to do with widowhood? In this blog post Naomi Anderson defines these words and shows how they are important for healing and moving forward. (read more)….

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Organ Donation Month 2021:  Donate Life!
Were you able to donate your husband’s organs? Have you “checked the box” to be an organ donor yourself? In this blog post Jana Sipe Berndt shares how her husband Randy’s generous gift impacted not only the lives of the recipients of his organs but also impacted her. (read more)….

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April 2021:  Grieving at Easter Time
For those who have recently lost their husband, or who lost him around Easter time, this can be a holiday that brings up old baggage. Performing old family rituals reminds us of those who are supposed to be there, year after year – and when they can’t be, it hurts. This blog includes five tips for mourners this spring. (read more)….

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March 2021:  Anticipation or Expectations
There are many things we tend to anticipate, but how do we do this in a positive manner when we have lost someone close to us? In this blog from Naomi Anderson she quotes Anna Grace Taylor which encourages us to “Never forget how far you’ve come. Never forget how much strength you have learned and developed along the way.” (read more)….

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Valentine’s Day 2021:  Roses are Red, Heart are Blue
This special Valentine’s blog comes from Minnesota widow and author of “Finding Norm” Jana Sipe Berndt. In this blog Jana shares her personal memories and struggles around Valentine’s day as well as how she has learned to survive this holiday.  (read more)….

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February 2021:  How Much is in our Checking Account?
Connie Portlas, widow and financial coach, shares the financial stress she felt after her husband’s death “How am I going to pay for his funeral!? What about health insurance? How will I pay for college? How much is in our checking account?” and how “After everyone went home after the funeral I started to take control of my situation 1 step at a time.”  (read more)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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)….

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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.

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October 2019:  The Moment I Knew
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.