Resources for Widows & Widowers

Location Change in July! The 5 Tuesday meetings in July will be held at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville, located at Naper Blvd. and Green Trails Dr.

After a divorce or a death of a spouse, what used to be US is no longer. It is a life transition that is neither welcome nor easy. And, it is necessary to transition to ME.

New Beginnings is a self-help support group where people help people through the difficult experience of death of a spouse, divorce, or in the process of divorce. We are a non-profit ministry of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville. Our focus is on the Spiritual, Intellectual and Emotional growth of our members.

Our mission is to provide a supportive and safe environment for all our members, as they adjust to their new roles as a single person again.

There are many types of support groups for the divorced and widowed. We encourage you to give us a chance and see if we fit your needs. Members say that New Beginnings has “saved my life”.

We meet weekly from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at St. Raphael in Naperville. Come to the back of the building and look for the parish offices. Signs will be posted.

Surviving Spouses of St. Alexander parish is a support group for widows and widowers.  They meet monthly on a designated Sunday at 1pm, alternating between discussion/sharing sessions in the Parlor Library at the Parish Center, and a Luncheon at an area restaurant.  Current schedule is 14 in the Parlor/Library; 2/11 Lunch; 3/11 Lunch; WEDNSDAY 4/18 in the Parlor/Library; 5/20 Lunch; 6/10 Lunch.  Call CarolNash: 630-832-8152 for details.

Joyful Again ( is a spiritual program for widowed men and women who want to resolve the normal grief they feel and begin to live again.  Details are on their website, or call 708-354-7211.