We are a charity organisation
First Light Widowed Association is a charity organisation that connects young widowed people from all backgrounds and relationship structures to resources, programs and a community that will support them through the overwhelming task of re-building their world after the loss of the life they knew and the future they’d planned for.
Along with supporting the young widowed community in Australia, First Light also strives to help the family and friends of widowed people understand the best way to support their loved one during this most difficult time.
Founded in Brisbane
First Light Widowed Association was founded by Brisbane friends Rebecca Adams, Lauren Leslie and Carren Stapleton who met in a Facebook support group for young Australian widows.
By sharing their experience and connecting through their common grief, fears and frustrations, the trio realised that despite having wonderfully-supportive family and friends, their greatest comfort and relief had come from the unique friendships they’d made with other widowed people. It was this support and understanding that helped them through their darkest days.
Starting the organisation
Inspired and encouraged by a friend and mentor who started a similar organisation in the United States, Rebecca became determined to create a similar resource for Australian widowed people and teamed up with Lauren and Carren to navigate the process of establishing a not-for-profit organisation here in Australia.
Rebecca, Lauren and Carren, along with Jo and Deanna, who joined the team in our early days, have worked tirelessly to bring First Light Widowed Association to life. By meeting and working at nights and weekends, the women combined their shared strengths and expertise; undertook further studies; and reached out to family, friends and other inspiring leaders in the Brisbane not-for-profit community for support and guidance.
The challenges of widowhood
Widowhood can be a very isolating and at times lonely experience; one which changes the course of one’s life and throws us into a situation that we can never prepare for.
Our mission statement
Hope, community, understanding
Join our community for access to information, resources, events, and a network of widowed people for peer support. Our membership is free, with options to upgrade and contribute later to keep us running and helping others.