The YWBB is No More

For what it is worth, the YWBB has closed up shop. widda

If you are currently a member, you have until March 20th to log in and contact anyone who might be on your personal message list, and you might be able to use the search function to track down any old posts you want to save (just take screen shots – it’s easiest) or contact anyone you haven’t connected with on other social media outlets.

Thanks to some quick thinking by a marvelous widdas named Jezzy (Jess) and Justin, a new board is already up and running and you can access it via this link.

If you are an oldtimer from the board days or someone whose recently been directed to the site and haven’t been able to register – think about signing up. The more the merrier. There are also YWBB groups (think high school reunion type stuff) on Facebook. They are closed groups but I don’t think anyone is being denied entry. They added me after all. And you don’t get more grief heretic than me.

I won’t comment on the decision to shut ye old widda board down without warning beyond saying, I would have handled it differently (but I would have done a lot of things there differently).

And the ye olde widda board founders are directing folks to Soaring Spirits, which while they’ve done good things, is a bit too commercial for my tastes. If you like your grief Life Time for Women movie style or 5 step self-help to happiness again though – it will be right up your alley. It’s very “fix it” oriented and has a plethora of “been there/done that” semi-celebs (yes, there’s a hierarchy in the widow world – that’s life after all) to sell you a book or moderate a conference that will set you right again.

In the meantime, if you are recently (or not so) widowed and just  looking for a place to go to vent, to cry, to share with people who “get it”, check out the new place. It seems like a nice place. You won’t be alone because you are not alone. There are people out here on the wide web who’ve been where you are and can – if nothing else – listen. And being heard is a lot.

3 thoughts on “The YWBB is No More

  1. Hey- In case you missed it, we can now look at the ywbb again. It’s through the Widda website. I got the link, but have not gone yet. Frankly, I’m a little scared to look at my young widowed self.

  2. I was widowed in 2006 and that board was a lifesaver, I had no idea it was gone until I went to look at something today. Will search out the FB group though!

  3. So many emotions about this. I was a member since 2009, and it breaks my heart that my entire wid journey will be gone. I’m so thankful it was there, I truly don’t know how I would have survived otherwise. I met friends for life … and my now husband there. What a journey it’s been! So glad there was a new board created, and hope new wids will find it. I’m sure running a website can be tough going, kudos to the founders of YWBB, and founders of the new place.

    Glad you posted about it, you need to blog more! 🙂

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