Widows Support Group Launches In Bermuda

April 7, 2014

widows-wear-stilettos-bermuda-logoMichelle Furqan — who lost her husband Bilal after 14 years of marriage — has founded the Bermuda chapter of “Widows Wear Stilettos.”

Widows Wear Stilettos, Inc. is a global support organization that has provided education and support to the widowed community since it was founded in 2006.

The idea to launch the Bermuda Chapter sadly came out of a tragedy, as founder Michelle Furqan lost her husband Bilal after 14 years of marriage. He was injured during a diving accident at Admiralty House in 2011, and lost his battle for life a few days later.

Life, as she and their children knew it, was suddenly and completely turned upside down.

Throughout her grieving process, she began looking for support groups to help come to terms with her loss, but she soon realized that Bermuda had nothing to offer in the way of a practical support group. She then came upon the California based organization, Widows Wear Stilettos, Inc. and has aligned with them.

Mrs. Furqan said, “We are delighted to partner with an organization that is aimed at helping others find a sense of identity after losing their spouse or loved one. Widows Wear Stilettos, Bermuda is an organization like no other in our community, as it is designed to support those who are grieving and offer a sense of hope and sense of purpose.

“The organization aims to offer regular events for not only widows, but also those who have lost a significant partner.

“We have monthly events planned, which are aimed to empower and encourage women, such as makeovers, self-imaging, and workshops on financial planning and emotional restoration.

“On Sunday, April 13, we have a brunch planned at Griffins Bistro, St. George’s Club, at 12.30pm, with guest speakers including Women’s Resource Centre executive director Patrice Frith-Hayward and Family Intimacy Centre’s founder Saadia Bean set to attend.”

“In Bermuda, it is our desire to share the spirit of hope and healing with as many widows as possible. We are dedicated to assist an overlooked portion of the population by providing support, education, healing, caring, sharing and strength.”

For further information please contact the local facilitator Michelle Furqan via telephone at 704-1320 or via email at wwsbermuda@gmail.com, or visit them on Facebook.

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  1. Job Well Done says:

    Good Luck Mrs. Furquan

    As me being a widow I will definetly like to be apart of this organization.

    look forward to seeing you soon.

  2. UpsetwithVerdict says:

    Michelle you are such a sharp minded lady and I admire your courage and strength. This is so great for many people.

  3. Lili says:

    What a beautiful idea! Bless you for reaching out to others in similar circumstances. May the pain be lessened by the sharing and support.
    You are the silver lining in the cloud!

  4. Martha Frith says:

    Becoming a widow is a traumatic and life changing experience that is very possibly unimaginable beforehand. Any organization that can help women move from a place of vulnerability and sadness to a place of faith, determination and acceptance is much needed. The pain and heartache will always remain but with faith and a strong support base women can find peace, strength and ultimately, much deserved happiness.