Way Up is an active self help group aimed at providing mutual support to those widowed primarily in their 50's and 60's. We are based in the UK. It is a group with a positive, forward looking attitude to rebuilding lives and discovering that lives can be good again, that we can be happy once more.
It is a place to laugh with gusto and without guilt.
It is a place to exchange banter and to share jokes- even very bad ones!
It is a place to share experiences.
Most of all it is a place to find friendship, to care for others as well as to be cared for.
It is a place to share support, to lean on others when you need to, and to allow others to lean on you.
It is a place where every member is entitled to the same respect and care without comparison or judgement.
This forward looking desire of the group does not suggest any indifference to the pain of another’s grief. It does not suggest a lack of compassion. It does not mean that one can’t post of one’s despair or anguish. What it does mean is that we have the desire to move forwards with hope that we can continue onwards with fulfilled lives.
Our (members only) forum is an important aspect of our group. It is a way to initiate friendships, to receive (and to give) support and to exchange views.
We do not have a formal network of local groups or branches. Events are organised by any of our members themselves, via the forum, and occur all over the country, ranging from meeting for coffee and cake to going on holiday together. Only members can gain access to details of events, meetings or indeed to other members.
We do not offer professional counselling or help. There are many other websites better placed to offer help in this way, some of which can be found in the links section above.
Finally, it is important to stress that we are not a dating site.
Please note that because Way Up is moving to a new home soon, we have had to close to new members at this time.
We shall be back in the New Year, so plaese make a note of this web address and come back to join us then.
In the meantime, we wish you well.