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Widowhood Real Talk With Tina #WRTWT is a Registered 501(c)3 organization that creates a safe space for candid discussions on the grief journey through our weekly podcast and daily social content. We also connect the widowhood community with an extensive range of professionals, materials, and support groups to foster encouragement, healing, and hope. We are on this grief journey with you to help develop a fantastic life you love and not just exist.

Our Founder, Tina, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating high school, she enlisted in the United States Army and Retired in 2020 as Chief Warrant Officer Two. While in the army, she pursued higher education, earning a bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting. Tina was ordained into the ministry in August 2010 and provides Empowerment Life Coaching. While in the army, she met her late husband, Mark W. Fornwald. Tina and Mark married and had two adult children, Catherine and Alexander. Their children were and are the heartbeats of their cherished 32 years together.

In 2015, Tina was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the love of Mark, her children, family, friends, and faith, Tina survived several operations and cancer treatments. Then, in 2017, Mark and Tina were enjoying a weekend in Delaware when Mark had a massive heart attack, and the man she loved for 32 years died. The life Tina had come to love was suddenly turned upside down. She sought solace in God, family, friends, and therapy to figure out life without Mark in the following days, months, and years. Tina has learned to live again through healthy coping skills, the love and support of family, friends, and other widows/widowers, therapy, and her faith.

Tina began connecting with other widows and widowers to gain insight and understanding of this challenging journey, which became instrumental to her well-being. Over the years, Tina became the person other widows and widowers sought out for advice on navigating their grief. As Tina learned to find her way in life, love found her again in Fred M. Jackson, whom she wed in February of 2022.

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Bernard

Your input on the podcast was good

Your input on the podcast was good. I appreciated your honesty with the building. Honesty with your tax business. My mom passed in 2017 and our Dad needed support from all. Especially my wife.

Sally

You did great

You did great for your first time on a podcast! Glad you're our neighbor 😊

Jennifer

Looooved it!!

Looooved it!! For so many reasons: #1 - you are a wise, and well spoken woman!! #2 - I find comfort and joy in hearing the differences in you and Kim (the host) - because it celebrates our friendship! That you can see past the differences in people and sync with what you connect with. #3 - without "selling" Widowhood Real Talk - you drew me and I'm sure others, into what it is about.

Timothy

I can hear the love in your voice.

Alycia

Thank you for sharing

This is awesome and you are amazing and God continue to bless and grow your podcast. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!πŸ™

Kelli

Loved it

Listened to the whole thing Loved it ❀️

Maureen

Truly inspirational

GM Tina. I just finished listening to the podcast and it was truly inspirational. Thank you so very much for sharing. I can't tell you how much things that you shared resonated with me in simple txt message. But I wanted to let you know that I really appreciated your transparency, and so many of the little nuggets that you shared about being true to yourself. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to share with you sometime face to face.

Rose

OH SO GOOD TO ME!!

Lord, Tina that was OH SO GOOD TO ME!! Thank you so much for always sharing with me and keeping me lifted in your prayers. Y'all better do your God assignments in the earth realm πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ I am so godly proud of you both! Since I'm back in school and running my business, I hope to keep up with each podcast, but know that you both are in my prayers always. Love you much πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΎ

Sharon

Amazing gifts

Thank you for sharing this. I just finished listening. You have amazing gifts and I thank God for you. The mission, vision and purpose God had given you is so important and is filing a much needed gap. Love you Sister. πŸ™πŸ½

Naomi

Awesome

Tina this is so awesome πŸ‘πŸΎ

Georgette

Excellent Podcast

So happy for you!!! Well Done πŸ‘ as always you are very articulate and to the point of what you want to say. EXCELLENT PODCAST.

Alma

Awesome!

Awesome! πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ I rejoice with you for your excellent work and steadfast commitment! Blessings πŸ’•πŸ•ŠπŸ’•

Jerrie

Outstanding

The podcast was outstanding.πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌβ€οΈβ€οΈ

Melissa

You are amazing!

You are amazing! Great advice to be true to who you are and your convictions without caring about the judgement of others. You were genuine and motivating. I'm inspired to be me!

Bernard

Your input on the podcast was good

Your input on the podcast was good. I appreciated your honesty with the building. Honesty with your tax business. My mom passed in 2017 and our Dad needed support from all. Especially my wife.

Sally

You did great

You did great for your first time on a podcast! Glad you're our neighbor 😊

Jennifer

Looooved it!!

Looooved it!! For so many reasons: #1 - you are a wise, and well spoken woman!! #2 - I find comfort and joy in hearing the differences in you and Kim (the host) - because it celebrates our friendship! That you can see past the differences in people and sync with what you connect with. #3 - without "selling" Widowhood Real Talk - you drew me and I'm sure others, into what it is about.

Timothy

I can hear the love in your voice.

Alycia

Thank you for sharing

This is awesome and you are amazing and God continue to bless and grow your podcast. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!πŸ™

Kelli

Loved it

Listened to the whole thing Loved it ❀️

Maureen

Truly inspirational

GM Tina. I just finished listening to the podcast and it was truly inspirational. Thank you so very much for sharing. I can't tell you how much things that you shared resonated with me in simple txt message. But I wanted to let you know that I really appreciated your transparency, and so many of the little nuggets that you shared about being true to yourself. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to share with you sometime face to face.

Rose

OH SO GOOD TO ME!!

Lord, Tina that was OH SO GOOD TO ME!! Thank you so much for always sharing with me and keeping me lifted in your prayers. Y'all better do your God assignments in the earth realm πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ I am so godly proud of you both! Since I'm back in school and running my business, I hope to keep up with each podcast, but know that you both are in my prayers always. Love you much πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΎ

Sharon

Amazing gifts

Thank you for sharing this. I just finished listening. You have amazing gifts and I thank God for you. The mission, vision and purpose God had given you is so important and is filing a much needed gap. Love you Sister. πŸ™πŸ½

Naomi

Awesome

Tina this is so awesome πŸ‘πŸΎ

Georgette

Excellent Podcast

So happy for you!!! Well Done πŸ‘ as always you are very articulate and to the point of what you want to say. EXCELLENT PODCAST.

Alma

Awesome!

Awesome! πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ I rejoice with you for your excellent work and steadfast commitment! Blessings πŸ’•πŸ•ŠπŸ’•

Jerrie

Outstanding

The podcast was outstanding.πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌβ€οΈβ€οΈ

Melissa

You are amazing!

You are amazing! Great advice to be true to who you are and your convictions without caring about the judgement of others. You were genuine and motivating. I'm inspired to be me!

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