When you hear that someone is a “widow” or “widower,” you tend to picture an elderly woman or man whose longtime spouse passed away. Sad as it may be, you think about how wonderful it was for him or her to be married for so long. But, what about a newlywed or a 30-something spouse whose husband or wife died, either suddenly or from an extended illness? These situations are viewed more as tragic because though the loss is the same, the short- and long-term effects are more devastating, especially if there are young children in the picture.
This is where The Liz Logelin Foundation can help. Founded by Matt Logelin following the 2008 death of his wife, this non-profit offers “hope to widows and widowers with young families.” Through emotional, physical, and monetary support, these families learn to handle their new lives without their loved ones. Widows and widowers involved with this organization can meet others in similar situations, and soon realize they are not alone in their grief. Grants are available for those struggling financially, to help pay bills, cover rent or other monetary issues the family may have.
In 2010, a young husband, David, lost his wife, Sandy, to a terminal brain tumor. They had two small girls, and after her life insurance ran out, the family struggled to stay afloat. That’s when David found The Liz Logelin Foundation. For him, this non-profit group gave him hope as he raised his daughters, but also provided them with the funds needed to remodel the room in their house in which Sandy died. That place is now a safe haven for the family, where they can heal, hang to, and relive special memories.
This is just one of the families that The Liz Logelin Foundation has helped. The group allows families to spend their time focusing on healing, being a parent and being a family. Donations are accepted and can be made online.