Erika Smith didn't know anyone who understood what she was feeling. She was happily married and expecting her first child when her husband, Michael, died in a car accident. At 31, she was a widow.
Loved ones were there to give support. But she was alone in her grief.
That's when a friend suggested she find A New Road. Developed 15 years ago by Carol Ann Green and sponsored by the ELCA South Carolina Synod, A New Road is a three-day annual seminar aimed at helping the recently widowed deal with their pain.
"I thought there was not going to be anyone there who would be as young as I was," Smith said. "But at the time I was so desperate for anything to help me cope with the situation.
"When I got there I found other people near my age with similar feelings. I was not alone."
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