Touched by loss. Empowered through community.

About CYWC

Co-founders Laura and Wendy met through an online Widow Bulletin Board, only three weeks after Laura’s husband’s death. They soon learned that they were neighbors, living only several blocks away from one another. Since their meeting, they have found each other to be valuable resources on their journey through young widowhood.

CYWC was born as Laura and Wendy recognized the need to connect local young widows and widowers as they create a new life without their spouse/partner.  Their friends, Susan, Jane and Diana, share their desire to reach out to those impacted by this type of loss.  The group's hope is that this organization provides other people in their situation with a place to find support and to grow. CYWC is also a labor of love for Laura and Wendy as they wanted to do something to honor the memory of their husbands.  To that end, CYWC is dedicated with love to Kevin Dennis (9/4/77-8/8/09) and Chris Diez (5/1/60-1/13/09).

Contact us at Board Members

Wendy Doyle Diez - President

Laura Tully Dennis - Vice President

Susan Svensson Donatello - Treasurer

Jane Ascroft - Secretary

Diana Maggio Gumushian - Board Member Blog Contributors

Scott Bauer

Jodi Salata

Eden Maheras

Gerry Sousa

Becky Lichucki

Jeannine Love

Kris Lukas

Sheri Hickey

Marlene Delaney