Kerry Phillips

Kerry Phillips

Kerry was widowed in 2012 at age 32. Determined to not allow grief to drag her under or for death to get a ‘bonus’ spouse, she vowed to successfully navigate widowhood, despite not knowing any peers who had lost a spouse.In 2015, she realized there wasn’t a forum for widows and widowers wanting to venture back into the world of dating and started Young, Widowed & Dating. The online support group provides a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental environment for the widowed community to share their dating adventures.Her weekly blog of the same name covers topics ranging from relationships with in-laws to dating while raising children and everything in between. Kerry is also a blogger for Hope for Widows Foundation, a nonprofit organization which provides peer to peer support, and a former contributor to HuffPost, where she covered topics such as widowhood, loss, and grieving.She continues to advocate for the widowed community as well as educate non-widows about the nuances of loss and grief. She is the author of “Writing & Widowing: Journaling the Journey”, journal prompts designed specifically for those who have lost a spouse, and is featured in the book, “Widowed but not Wounded: The Hustle & Flow of 13 Resilient Black Widowed Women” which was released in December 2017.

Articles:

Surviving Widowhood: Check Your Track Record

There is something about widowhood that brings you to your knees. I remember feeling trapped in an alternative universe trying to make sense of the chaos that surrounded me. The […]

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To The Widow Struggling With Guilt

On the outside, the world sees you hurting from the loss of your spouse. They don’t know; however, that in addition to the “normal” feelings of grief, you’re also struggling […]

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My Big Widow Regret: Find Your Tribe

At 32 years old, instead of planning my first wedding anniversary celebration, I was planning my husband’s funeral. There were no warnings, no time to say a final goodbye. One […]

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