When we started building First Light, we dreamt of the organisation that we wish had existed when we were first widowed.
During those first few weeks and months of life after the loss of our spouses, we found even the most menial tasks such as grocery shopping to be overwhelming. So the idea of seeking out resources and a widowed community was well beyond our capacity at that time.
Our goal is to create programs that make it easy for widowed people to connect and seek support. This includes both the programs that First Light has created and operates as well as other established resources that exist throughout Australia.
We also strive to help the family and friends of widowed people understand the best way to support their loved one during this most difficult time. Our 'someone I care about is widowed' guide assists family and friends in knowing what to say and how to help in a practical and meaningful way.