Our Stories

  How Do I Go On?

The journey of widowhood is unique and individual.  Through the challenges and storms we have found anchors that have secured us in our faith and helped us to move confidently forward in healing.  We invite you to read our stories and think about your own.  Then during your  journey we encourage you to discover and document your answer to the question, “How do I go on?”

  1. My name is Julie and I married my first true love

    When I was 18 years old, in January 1996, I went on a first date with Jake Jorgensen, the man I would marry, and the love of my life.  We fell in love instantly and had a great life.  In the first 7 years of our marriage we experienced many...
  2. My Only Source for Peace and Direction

    My name is Veronica Clarke.  I am a mother of four, and at age 39 I became a widow when my husband’s plane crash ended both his life and his father’s. That tragic event shattered my reality. With my support and best friend gone, the temptation was very real to sink into utter...
  3. Standing at the Crossroads

     When life changes unexpectedly, it leaves us at a crossroads—where we have to decide which path we are going to choose, or allow paths to find us. We can choose to slide downhill or we can continue to climb forward. Crossroads find us at all walks of life. Sometimes they...
  4. Fight with service and gratitude!

     On November 28, 2011, we received a phone call that forever changed our lives. My husband, Paul, was told the horrific news that he had stomach cancer. I will never forget that moment of sheer terror and disbelief. Within two weeks of receiving that phone call, Paul had numerous scans,...

  Stories from Other Contributers

  1. The Unexpected results of Pressing Forward with a Brightness of Hope

    My story isn’t so unusual, although during its unfolding, I felt like the universe had walked away and left me adrift to my own devices without much hope of survival and totally alone. Her name, by the way, was Sallie.I had been divorced for 12 years when I met Sallie in...