In a very short time Widowed Friends has grown from an idea to a reality.
Starting with a Sunday cocktail event with just 25 attendees, our membership continued to grow to over 225 members, with more joining monthly from all over the GTA.
The idea for the group began when Stephanie, a recent widow, sometimes found herself at loose ends on weekends, a particularly difficult time for people who have lost their spouse. She wondered if there were others in the widowed/widower community feeling the same way and wondered how to connect people together so we could all benefit from shared understanding, friendships and social support.
After a lot of research and discussion, the Widowed Friends community was created.
From the start, the focus was on developing weekly events, so members always had something to look forward to and new members had an opportunity to interact with the growing community. As a result, the calendar is full of group get togethers that members can join and enjoy on a weekly basis.
With so much planning and developing to get the group off the ground, it was a great help when Dorothy joined and offered to partner in all the organizing and event creation.
We have great ideas and plans for the future. You can find out about them by reading this blog, joining our Facebook page and keeping track of events on Meetup. Remember that the Meetup and Facebook groups are private, so you must join them online by completing a request to join form.
We’d love to have your thoughts about the group, so please feel free to comment below. See you at the next event!
Stephanie & Dorothy