Helping the Widow

Seven Reasons Why Your Church Should Have a Ministry to Widows

This verse in Scripture cannot be more compelling or clearer: “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)   Scholars have produced massive volumes on the biblical mandate to care for orphans and widows. The Bible is not ambiguous on this topic. I am grateful churches around the world have taken some steps to care for the orphans, though much more remains to be done. But, in North American churches, I see hardly any intentional church wide ministries […]

Social Security Benefits on Behalf of a Loved One

If you recently lost someone you love, the very last thing on your mind should be your current finances. Fortunately, there could be assistance available for you and your family. Widows are able to receive benefits on behalf of a deceased spouse through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are a few steps you can take to quickly determine whether or not you qualify for Social Security survivor benefits:   Step One: Determine if your spouse worked enough for you to qualify. If your husband passed away, he must have been working for you to receive survivors’ benefits on his […]

Advocacy Resources

The following are resources that may be helpful with issues we face. If you can recommend others, please contact us at miriam@widowconnection.com.   Griefshare GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. The Better Business Bureau BBB provides information on over 2.5 million organizations. Check them out before you invest or give. File a complaint if you think you have been treated unfairly. They contact the organization to help resolve the issue. I found the online method quite […]

Books and DVDs

Starting Over Financially CD

$tarting Over Financially $10 Miriam Neff and Valerie Neff Hogan talk about money. Money when you’re in a difficult situation. Life got bumpy and money became a dreaded word. That’s when you need help most. With clear, practical, conversational content Miriam and daughter Valerie are here to help. Whether job loss, divorce, death of a spouse, foreclosure, or health issues, your pay check has frozen, or shrunk, but your bills have not. You may not have the time or mental energy to tackle what seems like an overwhelming thing–getting a handle on your money. Let us help you simplify the […]

Not Alone: 11 Inspiring Stories of Courageous Widows from the Bible

Pre-order Miriam’s new book out October 23 HERE  

Book: From One Widow To Another

“Every pastor needs to read this book, and every church needs copies of this book available. Written by a widow, written for widows, this book reads like the experience of sitting at a coffee table watching one widow minister to another widow. It’s that personal. And because there are so many widows, it’s that important.”   Scot McKnight Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies North Park University, Chicago   Order Miriam’s new book Here Download the Study Guide Here.  FOWTA Study Guide