We’re in Woman’s World magazine!

From the back of a napkin to one of the largest women’s magazines in the United States — how cool is that??!

I am so amazingly proud of ASK and it’s because of our supporters, donors and families!

womans world article


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Dear Friends

March 30, 2015

Dear Friends,

In 2009, I decided to do something that would impact the lives of children who were grieving the death of a parent. As a widow, I understood first-hand the struggles and challenges that came with being widowed with a school-age child.

With that in mind, I launched Acts of Simple Kindness for Kids of Widows and Widowers (ASK) and served as the Executive Director for 5 years. In an effort to find balance among my home and work life, I stepped down from that position last year, and put my trust and support to the incoming Executive Director.

Unfortunately, unethical financial decisions were made under the new leadership that put our organization in jeopardy. Within a few hours of learning of this terrible betrayal of trust, the Executive Director was relieved of her duties; I personally ensured she was permanently cut off from all ASK funds; I contacted the local police department to pursue criminal charges and the Board reinstated me as the Executive Director.

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Happy New Year!

I was going to write an original blog post to start the new year, but came across a wonderful article by Carol Brody Fleet, Founder of Widows Wear Stilettos, and it is so good, I’m going with that instead!   I hope you find this as helpful as I did.



It’s that time of year again.

We are all getting peppered and pelted with those endless ads and commercials designed to help you “start the New Year right” with all of the same old worn-out, been-there-tried-it-gave-it-up resolutions — eat less, work out more, quit this, start that, spend less, save more, get out of debt — but not before you hit the “one-day-only sale” that seems to take place once a week.

Understanding that like me, you may be tired of typical New Year’s resolutions, I am delighted to present to you 10 widowed resolutions for your happy new year. These resolutions are meant to bring you peace, comfort and most of all, ownership of both your Healing Journey and ultimately, your life. Permission to print out and keep in front of you year-round is both granted and strongly suggested:

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June newsletter

Have you seen our June newsletter?  Here it is!

ASK – June Newsletter

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Boy, whose father died when he was 4, commits suicide at 12 after bullying

Absolutely heartbreaking story about a 12 year old boy who was bullied for a variety of reasons, including the death of his father when he was 4 years old.  This treatment of our children must stop!


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Children as caretakers

Here’s an interesting article about children who are caregivers…  The boy in this story is just 13 years old, taking care of his ill mother.  His father died 2 years ago so everything is on his shoulders.


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Pins of Hope!

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We’ve started planning Pins of Hope 2013!!!  Stay tuned for details over the next few months, but in the interim, please enjoy a peek into Pins of Hope 2012.  We had a great time raising money to help kids of widows and widowers.  We hope to see you next February!


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YouTube video

I’ve received such great comments about the video that appears on our “Welcome” page, as well as on our video gallery link to YouTube.  That was created by Jennifer S., a local high school student.  She created the video as part of a project for a high school class and did a phenomenal job with it!   Jennifer’s family are neighbors and friends of ours and they’ve been so supportive of Allen and I since Steve’s death.  Everyone needs neighbors like them!  She is headed to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in the Fall — and from the looks of our video, she’s headed in the right direction!

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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to ASK’s new website!

This has been a labor of love, sweat and tears over the last few months but I’m so proud to share it with you!  I hope you’ll find this website easier to navigate and to find the information you need.  We’ve added a lot of helpful information for widows and widowers, and for helping children who have lost a parent.

Have you wanted to ask other widows or widowers, or children who have lost a parent, a question, wondered what they thought or do you have a situation you’re struggling with that another widow/er or child could help you work through?  Then check out our “Ask a Widow” and “Ask a Kid” section — questions and answers will be posted on our blog so that others can benefit too.

Thanks for visiting!


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