LEARNING TO BE A WIDOW

Author: Gwen Romagnoli
Publisher: Black Incorporated
ISBN: 9780786756452
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Gwen Romagnoli has written numerous personal essays as well as travel and food articles for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the American Express Magazine. She lived for many years in Italy, but met her Roman husband, Franco, in the U.S. Together they wrote the book, Italy, the Romagnoli Way: A Culinary Journey, about lesser-known places in Italy. Their late-in-life marriage was sadly cut short by Franco's death. This book is dedicated to his memory. "Gwen Romagnoli has written these essays in simple, limpid prose, a style casual and friendly, with a feeling that comes straight from the heart. These brief essays offer rare comfort. Gwen Romagnoli's Learning to be a Widow is about the little things--everyday objects and events-- that connected her deeply to her husband, and how she lives now with these memories. By speaking so directly about her own experience, she gives solace to others who are making their own hard journey." --Eugene Mirabelli, author of Renato, the Painter "Gwen Romagnoli's book is about widowhood, but you do not have to be a widow to find pleasure and poignancy in these pages. It is a narrative about love and loss, and finding meaning in relationships, at any age and in any circumstance. Sensitively observed and beautifully written." -- Jessica Treadway, author of Lacy Eye "This remarkable book--a love story, really--leads the reader through widowhood with gentleness and compassion. Best of all, although it is a wrenching narrative of loss, the book also offers hope to those who once loved - and hope to love again." -- Lynne Potts, author of A Block in Time: A History of Boston's South End "Writing with brave honesty and generosity of spirit, Gwen Romagnoli is a treasured companion through a harsh terrain. Though her words describe a deeply personal experience, they carry a universality to embrace all who are acquainted with grief." -- Ellen Steinbaum, poet and contributor to the poetry anthology, The Widows' Handbook

The One Thing

Author: Kerry Phillips
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781543927832
Format: PDF, Mobi
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While there is no how-to guide for young widows navigating life post-loss, The One Thing: 100 Widows Share Lessons on Love, Loss, and Life is a powerful resource for new widows - told from the vantage point of those who have lived it. The coffee-table style book offers 10 chapters and includes nostalgic black and white photography throughout. Topics range from dealing with the rawest stages of grief to raising children as a solo-parent and balancing the often fragile relationship with in-laws. The bold, insightful, and unfiltered lessons the 100 widows have learned along the way can be instrumental for those just beginning their journey into widowhood. Uncover the one thing they would share with the next wave of widows about rebuilding post-loss and how to ultimately move to a place of healing.

Unremarried Widow

Author: Artis Henderson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451649304
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“A frank, poignant memoir about an unlikely marriage, a tragic death in Iraq, and the soul-testing work of picking up the pieces” (People) in the tradition of such powerful bestsellers as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Carole Radziwill’s What Remains. Artis Henderson was a free-spirited young woman with dreams of traveling the world and one day becoming a writer. Marrying a conservative Texan soldier and becoming an Army wife was never part of her plan, but when she met Miles, Artis threw caution to the wind and moved with him to a series of Army bases in dusty Southern towns, far from the exotic future of her dreams. If this was true love, she was ready to embrace it. But when Miles was training and Artis was left alone, she experienced feelings of isolation and anxiety. It did not take long for a wife’s worst fears to come true. On November 6, 2006, the Apache helicopter carrying Miles crashed in Iraq, leaving twenty-six-year-old Artis—in official military terms—an “unremarried widow.” In this memoir Artis recounts not only the unlikely love story she shared with Miles and her unfathomable recovery in the wake of his death—from the dark hours following the military notification to the first fumbling attempts at new love—but also reveals how Miles’s death mirrored her own father’s, in a plane crash that Artis survived when she was five years old and that left her own mother a young widow. Unremarried Widow is “a powerful look at mourning as a military wife….You can finish it in a day and find yourself haunted weeks later” (The New York Times Book Review).

Widow s Weeds

Author: Lisa Courtney
Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub
ISBN: 9781412088008
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The author's candid approach to the material and her unique sense of humor present a new way of looking at the process of death and the loss of a partner.

A Gift of Love

Author: Linda Della Donna
Publisher: ArchwayPublishing
ISBN: 1480804010
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Like two chips in a cookie, Linda and Ed Sclier were rolling happily along in their marriage—only to have everything come undone when Ed was diagnosed with cancer. Less than a year later, he died, turning Linda’s world upside down. In A Gift of Love, she narrates her grief journey, shares the highlights of the wonderful man she fell in love with and married, describes the love they shared, and tells about the woman she has become since her soul mate died. While tracing a golden thread of treasured memories, A Gift of Love shares the struggles of a dying man, his untimely death, and his widow’s deepest sorrows. Telling the story of their lives and her sorrow with grace and honesty, Linda gives a step-by-step accounting of love, loss, and the celebration of her soul mate’s end, while marking her new beginning. More than fulfilling the promise she made to her husband on his deathbed to write his story, this memoir teaches life’s valuable lesson: when you lose a spouse, life goes on—and love does live forever. Most of all, it acts as a reminder that though life can change suddenly, each one of us possesses the power to decide to accept the unthinkable.

Saturday Night Widows

Author: Becky Aikman
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307590445
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Describes the author's experiences as a young widow and the pivotal relationships she forged with five other widows, recounting the stories of their losses and bravery as exchanged throughout a year of monthly Saturday night meetings, during which the author met and fell in love with her current husband. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)

Vodka Soup for the Widowed Soul

Author: Michelle Miller
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781981880430
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Ingredients for Vodka Soup: 1 large pot of suicide Men (assorted varieties) 8 Cups of infidelity 2 bereaved children 3 1/2 Gallons of binge shopping Unlimited sarcasm, bitterness and guilt 1 pet bunny 1 medium female posse A lot of bars All the Vodka Combine ingredients, heat to a boiling, simmer for six years and you will have Michelle Miller's unique, revealing, and unexpectedly hopeful quest through the early stages of widowhood. A sequel of sorts to her debut memoir, Boys, Booze, and Bathroom Floors, Vodka Soup for the Widowed Soul will take you on a deeper, more introspective walk through life after loss while still maintaining Miller's signature sense of humor, rawness, and vulnerability. Vodka Soup for the Widowed Soul is a collection of short stories, essays, blogs, diary entries and even a few cocktail recipes that will validate your suffering, one-up your crazy, and empower you to express your grief without shame.

Widow s Might

Author: Kim Knight
Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC
ISBN: 1424551129
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What happens when your husband dies unexpectedly in the prime of your life and marriage? In Widow’s Might, Kim Knight shares her experience when her husband suddenly and unexpectedly died at fifty-six years old. In one day, Kim went from planning her future with her best friend to planning a funeral, searching for passwords to online accounts, trying to return to normal when things were no longer normal, and finding God in the middle of trauma and grief. Widow’s Might is for young or middle-aged widows and those who love them. The book helps those who’ve experienced a tragic loss to better understand the confusing and unpredictable path of grief as well as the challenges and promise of new growth. Learning to embrace a life different from the one you imagined isn’t something you’re going to master by the end of year one, when your family and friends think you should, or when you hope you might. You can deeply embrace and honor your marriage to your late spouse and still find contentment, happiness, and maybe even love in the days ahead. Widow’s Might will give you the strength and wisdom to discover new life on the other side of death. Look toward what God has in store for you. And—every once in a while—spend the day in your pajamas and eat popcorn for dinner. It’s okay.

The Letter

Author: Marie Tillman
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455505609
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In 2003, Pat Tillman, serving in the US Army, hastily wrote a "just in case" letter to his wife, Marie. When he returned on leave before his departure to Afghanistan, he placed the letter on top of their bedroom dresser. For months it sat there, sealed and ever-present, like a black hole through which Marie knew her stable life would be pulled if she ever had reason to open it. Then, in April 2004, Marie's worst nightmare came true. In the days following his death, it was Pat's letter that kept her going and, more than that, it was his words that would help her learn to navigate a world she could no longer share with her husband. In THE LETTER, Marie's talks for the first time about her journey to remake her life after Pat's death. In it, she recalls meeting and falling in love with Pat when they were kids, his harrowing decision to join the army after 9/11, and the devastating day when she learned he'd been killed. She describes how she withdrew from the public spotlight to grieve, learning along the way the value of solitude, self-awareness and integrity in the healing process. And, finally, Marie recounts her work to rebuild her life, including founding The Pat Tillman Foundation, an organization established to carry forth Pat's legacy of leadership, and her decision to step back into the public eye in order to inspire people to live with meaning and purpose. Filled with the lessons Marie learned and the wisdom she gained since Pat's death, THE LETTER is both a heartrending love story and an inspiring tale for anyone, young or old, whose life has taken an unexpected hard turn -- and who struggles to get back on the right path.

Happily Even After

Author: Carole Fleet
Publisher: Cleis Press
ISBN: 1936740133
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The award-winning author of Widows Wear Stilettos and grief recovery expert helps women cope with the legal and financial difficulties associated with the death of a spouse as well as going back to work, and eventually dating again. 10,000 first printing.