A Widow’s Way...

Welcome to A Widow’s Way. ​ We are creating a program to increase Young Life’s capacity to walk with mission friends going through loss. We want to create a safe place for widows to grieve and grow by offering resources to navigate through this new world of widowhood emotionally, spiritually, and financially.

We have found that there are approx 4,000 widows connected to the Young Life family, each one with different experiences and needs. ​ Children of widows (18 and under) constitute over half a billion people worldwide, so we know not only are there widows hurting but teenagers too. ​ Our hope is to offer YL staff and leaders some resources to learn how best to serve widows and their teenagers during such significant loss.

You are not alone:

In the U.S., nearly 2,800 women become a widow EVERY DAY. There are 1 million women newly widowed each year.

U.S. widows age range is between early 20s to late 80s with 59 being the national average.

70% of all married women will face widowhood in their lifetimes. (Women live an average of 15 years longer than their male partners.)

Three invitations:

  • We'd love to hear form you and any comments, questions, or ideas you might have by using this simple form below.
  • We are hosting​ conversations​ where widows can connect with other widows in a supportive and relevant way on the​ 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm Central Time.​ ​ If you would like to receive more information on this or find out how to participate, please click HERE. ​ If you have already completed this form once, you will receive an invitation to the zoom call one week in advance.
  • We plan to gather for a retreat​ one to two times a year to enjoy a safe place for rest, renewal, learning, and sharing with other widows. ​ Stay tuned!
  • If would like to see our previous communications​ you can click below:
    November 2021
    July 2021
    April 2021

Lastly, if you are looking for any resources, we offer THIS LIST of readings and websites as a start that we hope you might find helpful.

We walk this journey together.

Blessings to you,

Patti Stoetzner
A Widow’s Way

"Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today ... may he also be to you one who restores life."
— Ruth 4:14 & 15

​ © 2004-2021 Young Life. All rights reserved.