Organized by: Jawanna Martinez
I never would have imagined that life would “be” what it is today. The future that I had envisioned for my family suddenly disappeared when my husband, Jon, unexpectedly passed away on November 20th, 2010.
Within a blink of an eye, every aspect of my life turned upside down. My reality shattered into a million pieces, and I had to quickly figure out which of those pieces to pick up and reassemble - before I’d even had the chance to choke down the hard truth that I’d just lost the love of my life and that all of those epic “life moments” I’d imagined for us would never exist.
Thankfully, I was fortunate enough to have a support system that helped me navigate the basics of life in the weeks following Jon’s death. Unfortunately, there are many women out there - just like me - who do not have that support. As time passes, the world continues to move forward while we remain stuck - still trying to fit those pieces back together somehow.
Society often assumes that once a certain number of days or months have passed that grieving is over. The reality? Grieving the loss of a life partner lasts forever, and learning how to overcome the challenges and obstacles that follow never stops - whether it’s been 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years.
By becoming leader of the Philadelphia Area chapter of the Modern Widows Club (launching this fall), my goal is to advocate and speak for those that are often forgotten by society. Our community needs a place for widows to come together and find the support that they so desperately need - I am going to make that happen.
I want to serve my community and encourage those that I serve to do the same. I want to educate our communities and advocate for widows around the world. I want to give women, much like myself, a place to find comfort, support, and understanding among those who know their struggle best. I want to turn my sisters of circumstance into sisters for life. But in order to do this, I could really use your help! I am looking for sponsors or donations that will help reduce out-of-pocket expenses for chapter dues, meeting needs, and attendance to the leadership conference held in Seattle this June.
Please share this with your friends and family! Should you know of any organizations or businesses that are interested in getting involved or becoming a sponsor, please reach out! Every bit of support goes a long way!
Thank you all!