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Catholic Divorce Ministry

International. 3000+ groups. Founded 1974. Religious, educational and emotional aspects of separation, divorce, remarriage and widowhood are addressed through self-help groups, conferences and training programs. Families of all faiths are welcome. Group development guidelines. Newsletter. Membership dues start at $35/yr. (includes newsletter, discounts and resources).
Voice: 855-727-2269
Fax: 855-729-8751
Verified: 1/9/2013

Concerns Of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS)

National. 52 chapters. Founded 1984. Provides resources for the surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal criteria. Also offers law enforcement training. Quarterly newsletter, departmental guidelines and peer support. Provides annual national Police Survivors Conference each May during National Police Week. Special hands-on programs for survivors. Summer camp for children (ages 6-14) and their parent/guardian. Parents' retreats, spouse get-away, Outward Bound experiences for young adults (ages 15-20), siblings retreat, adult children and in-laws, fiance/significant others and co-worker retreats.
Concerns Of Police Survivors, Inc.
P.O. Box 3199
846 Old South 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Voice: 573-346-4911
Fax: 573-346-1414
Verified: 1/9/2013

Society of Military Widows

National. 24 chapters. Founded 1968. Support and assistance for widows of members of all U.S. uniformed services. Helps people in coping with adjustment to life on their own. Promotes public awareness. Bimonthly magazine/journal. Dues $19/yr. Chapter development guidelines. Online listing of local chapters.
Society of Military Widows
5535 Hempstead Way
Springfield, VA 22151
Voice: 1-800-842-3451 ext. 1005 or 253-750-1342
Verified: 1/24/2013

The Beginning Experience

International. 78 teams. Founded 1974. Christian-based. Support programs for divorced, widowed and separated adults (and their children) enabling them to work through the grief of a lost marriage.
The Beginning Experience
c/o International Ministry, Inc.
1657 Commerce Dr., Suite 2B
South Bend, IN 46628
Voice: 574-283-0279
Fax: 574-283-0287
Verified: 1/16/2013


Online. 2350 members. Founded 2004. Support and understanding for any widow, widower or person who has suffered the death of a partner. Open to those with recent or remote losses, and regardless of creed, nationality or sexual orientation.
E-mail: or
Verified: 2/13/2013

American Widow Project

National network. Mutual support network run by and for widows who have lost a spouse in the military. Provides peer-to-peer and educational support through site, film and events .
Voice: 1-877-297-9436
Verified: 1/29/2013

Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation

National. Developes programs to connect widowed people. Programs include Camp Widow, a weekend of support and learning; Widowed Pen Pal, connections via one-on-one communications; and, which is an online forum. All programs are open to men and women of all ages who have lost their partners.
Website: and
Verified: 1/15/2013

Young Widow Bulletin Board (YWBB)

Online. * Provides a forum for young widows and widowers to connect with others. Exchange experiences, information and support. Provides listing of local support groups also.
Website: or
Verified: 1/22/2013

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