Episode 284. The Widow’s Voice

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company PodcastFor this Mother’s Day, we remember all mothers, even the ones who are gone. Every Sunday, Matthew Croke blogs about his experiences as a widower and father at Widow’s Voice, a website dedicated to examining “the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of life as a widowed person.” Featuring light-hearted insights into grief and loss, happy-go-lucky thoughts about pain and death, information about the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation, and the challenges of which is more difficult – raising three daughters as a single dad, or writing a weekly blog. (Length 17:30)


Calder · May 17, 2012 at 7:21 am

This podcast introduced me to SSLF and I hope it (and you, Matt) continue to reach wider audiences. More people should hear your message — just because one is grieving doesn’t mean one should be treated an abnormal.

As a father who lost his spouse to cancer, you should check out Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for the children of past or present cancer patients. There are 37 branches of CK across the US, and the focus of the program is to give these kids a normal camp experience while helping them bond with other kids who have been in the same situation. I volunteered with CK for 4 years and it’s a fantastic program.

Rippy · May 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Matthew Croke you rock beyond belief. Your thoughts and words continue to blow my mind. As you know, I lost my brother in 2003 – if only I had your wisdom to guide me, perhaps I wouldn’t have lost almost a decade of my life in mourning… but know that your words do help me now. Your spirit in dealing with loss shouldn’t be limited to spouses – it truly applies to all loss. Thank you. Keep on keepin on…

austin · May 14, 2012 at 7:08 am

Aww…thank you, Steve. We miss you!

Steve Smith · May 14, 2012 at 2:01 am

To all my dear boys @ RSC:
Young Matt Croke you are amazing, resilient, and deliciously real.
You never get ‘over it’ ~ you get past it, you get through it, you get beyond it…
And one of the saving graces is your sense of humor.
I salute you; I honor you; I love you…
peace & light,
steve smith
{ps: Austin ~ loved hearing your Mom!}

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