You Are Not Alone
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This piece is one of several produced by documentary film director Maryann Manelski, who created a trio of films as part of the “Secret Maps Project.” Her works advocates for the continued support of bereavement groups as well as providing material to act as a guidepost for the grieving. The objectives of the Project are ones which the National Widowers’ Organization supports. We invite widowers and professionals to view these extraordinary works by taking advantage of the access Ms. Manelski has made available to us.
Welcome to The National Widowers’ Organization
The National Widowers’ Organization is a virtual toolkit for men coping with the loss of a loved one, a place where men can meet others going through the same transition.
There are a lot of things men suffer alone. That’s part of our DNA. We find great personal satisfaction in accomplishing on our own, independently. We famously won’t ask for directions, won’t admit when we are lost – we prefer to find our own way home. And eventually we do. Most of the time. And that’s fine; that’s our way. But, as new and continuing research shows, there’s one loss that men could use a little help from their friends to cope with. That’s the loss of a spouse or a lover or a parent or a child or a lifelong friend. And it’s often help that only other men can provide. Because we understand, many times without saying the words, where you’re at, how you got there and even why. Although everyone’s grieving process is unique, research shows that, faced with the loss of a spouse or partner, men report feeling “lonely, lost, dismembered, and numb.” They tend to seek activity and coping skills.
Those of us who have been where you now may find yourself (or lost yourself), after losing the love of your life, have gained a little information, have put together a kit of coping tools that belong in your garage right about now.
You are not alone and you don’t need to go through this alone. There’s another guy in your community in the same place as you and in this case – trust us – two or more heads and hearts are better than one.
So surf around this site. Find answers to questions. Ask more questions. Contact us. Contact the sources included here. With The National Widowers’ Organization at your back…
You are not alone.