5 Amazing Resources for a Loving and Strong Prison Wife
August 09, 2016
When your spouse is incarcerated, providing love and support during their sentence is crucial.
Finding the strength to fulfill those duties while taking care of life’s other obligations is what makes for a strong prison wife.
It is said that the family of an incarcerated person serves a different kind of sentence.
Getting support for yourself is important.
The following list includes a variety of valuable resources, many of them created by other prison wives.
1. Strong Prison Wives & Families (Website)
Visit the website http://www.strongprisonwives.com.
This is an empowered and encouraging community where the wives, girlfriends, partners, family members and friends of the incarcerated are the writers and readers.
While your loved one is away, it is all up to you, the strong prison wife. You are the rock of the family who keeps things on track by yourself. You do all of this while providing love and support to your spouse.
Building a network of friends who can relate to your circumstances is one of the most powerful ways to help yourself through this time.
This online resource includes a wide variety of resources including:
- Photo galleries
- Membership options
The forums offer a valuable place to speak about or learn about topics that interest you. You can post questions, provide answers to others’ questions and share stories.
Writing can be very therapeutic.
The blog section on Strong Prison Wives & Families offers a judgement-free space to write about your feelings and experiences as a strong prison wife.
You have permission to be less than strong there; there is no limit to how much you can write. Further, other members support the writers.
Perhaps the most valuable part of contributing to the forum and/or blog is knowing that sharing your experience helps the other women going through the same thing as you know they are not alone.
2. Prisoners’ Wives, Girlfriends, & Partners (Website)
Visit the website http://pwgp.org/.
This website welcomes visitors with it’s motto: “Separated by Prison, United by Conviction”.
Known as PWGP, this community-based online resource reminds its members that:
“Your loved one is in prison and you feel anger, guilt, shame, isolated, hopeless, lonely, and depressed. These are normal feelings…Whether your journey is a couple of months or several years, all time is significant. We help each other!”
Their unique resource, a journal, offers over 250 simple yet thought-provoking questions/quotes/scenarios that aid couples in keeping their families together despite incarceration.
The journal is available for a small cost, and creates a fun project to do with your partner. The contents provide something to help pass the time and bring the two of you closer together. You can preview the journal here.
3. Facebook Groups
Joining a Facebook Community offers an added layer of “social” support.
Like forums, a Facebook Community provides the ability to interact with like-minded strong prison wives all over the world.
Facebook offers easy access to groups on your phone, and not all online forums have that feature.
With real-time notifications, chat features and much more, a Facebook Community offers its members a true social experience that can be extremely valuable.
We have gathered a list of the three popular Prison Wives Facebook Pages and Groups below:
Strong Prison Wives Group
This group is run by the website listed in resource number one on our list. With nearly 16,000 members, the group is highly active and offers video chat “Girls’ Night In” and other very social ways to interact.
Prisoners’ Wives, Girlfriends and Partners Group
This group is run by the website listed in resource number two on our list. They include humor, resources and lots of links to useful information that makes this group very popular with nearly 8,000 members.
Prison Wives-Mothers-Daughters-Prayer Group
This is a Closed group community of faith-based women. A “Closed Group” on Facebook means you can request membership, and whatever is said within the group remains private to the group members.
4. Pinterest Communities
A large community has been created on Pinterest for strong prison wives. Pinning can be a great stress-reliever. Below are three Pinterest Boards with valuable information and resources:
5. Relevant Reading Material
Just like writing and socializing helps, reading also helps. There are many books written specifically for supporting a strong prison wife.
You can find reading material written by other prison wives, former prisoners, and other experts.
Here is a list of highly-rated books written for women whose husbands have been incarcerated:
The Prison Wives Diary by Theresa Zollicoffer is a book based on women who are going through the trials and tribulations of being married or involved with men in the prison system and how they remain strong when it comes to being faithful, keeping sane and making ends meet.
The Art Of Holding Together Your Relationship While Doing Time In Prison by Frederick Q. Ward is designed to help your relationship stay healthy by offering mounds of personal insight that will help your days, weeks, months or years go by smoother. First released in 1993 with limited availability, it was recently re-released due to popular demand for worldwide availability. Fred says he wrote the book because someone needs to offer positivity to those who need it.
How to Love and Inspire Your Man After Prison by Michael B. Jackson offers value before your spouse is no longer in prison.
Topics covered include:
- How to help a Man prepare for life after prison while he is in prison.
- How to help a Man after prison.
- How to prepare and protect yourself.
- Parole and probation issues.
- Resources and Directories
The expectation of remaining strong and providing support for your spouse comes with it’s own struggles. Resources like the ones outlined in this article are here to empower you, the loving and strong prison wife.
If you know of any resources in addition to those listed here, please share them with us on our Facebook Page.
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