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The Widowed Self

Author: Deborah Kestin van den Hoonaard
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 1554587220
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How do older women come to terms with widowhood? Are they vulnerable or courageous, predictable or creative in dealing with this life challenge? Most books about widows usually focus on younger women; this book interweaves the voices of older widows their experiences and insights to show how they have come to terms with widowhood and have recreated their lives in new, unsuspected ways. The widows speak about how they relate to their children, their friends, to men. With powerful emotions they describe their husbands’ final illnesses and deaths, and the challenging early days of widowhood. Disputing stereotypes about older women and widows, The Widowed Self allows the reader to visualize the impact of losing one’s life partner and offers a new way of thinking about widowhood. This new book by Deborah Kestin van den Hoonaard fills a void in previous work on widowhood. Rather than seeing these women as unfortunate, passive victims of life, the reader will come to appreciate the strength and creativity with which these women face one of life’s greatest challenges, a challenge that affects more than half of all women over the age of sixty-five. Widows and their families, scholars, social workers and other professionals who work with older adults will all be interested in reading The Widowed Self: The Older Woman’s Journey through Widowhood.

Grace For The Widow

Author: Joyce Rogers
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 0805448462
Size: 77.97 MB
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Joyce Rogers, a recently widowed, highly respected woman of faith, helps others with profound and practical tips on how to weather the pain of loss and see God's plan for the future.

Beyond Widowhood

Author: Robert C. DiGiulio
Publisher: New York : Free Press ; London : Collier Macmillan
ISBN: 9780029078822
Size: 75.98 MB
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Believe

Author: Jennifer Silvera
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780825436574
Size: 59.49 MB
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After Jennifer's husband, a police officer, died in a line of duty accident, grief upended her life. Believe follows the story of her long road out of darkness and her struggle to believe in anything after she'd lost everything. As she recounts her journey back into the light, Jennifer offers empathy and encouragement to those who have experienced loss, including those who have been widowed far too young. In Jennifer's story, readers can find reason to believe.

By Himself

Author: Deborah van den Hoonaard
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442699078
Size: 67.16 MB
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What happens when older men become widowers? Popular books, movies, and television present widowers as lost and unable to cope or care for themselves. These stereotypes do not encapsulate the experiences of real widowers, how their daily lives change, and what being a widower means to individuals in both sociological and practical ways. By Himself is based on in-depth interviews with twenty-six widowers over the age of sixty living in the United States and Canada. Using these interviews, Deborah K. van den Hoonaard explores masculine identity and traces the stories that widowers tell about their wives' illnesses and deaths. She also focuses on the widowers' changed relationships with their children and friends, as well as with women, and details the men's encounters with tasks such as housework and cooking. An eminently readable and accessible book, By Himself sheds new light on the social meaning of being a widower.

Saturday Night Widows

Author: Becky Aikman
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307590445
Size: 49.50 MB
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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.)

A Widow S Guide To Healing

Author: Kristin Meekhof
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1492620602
Size: 54.52 MB
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"A very valuable and practical guide for any woman who has lost her husband due to an untimely death. Kristin Meekhof's journey is both inspiring and courageous and something we can all learn from." —Dr. Deepak Chopra An inspiring, accessible, and empowering guide for how to navigate the unique stresses and challenges of widowhood and create a hopeful future. When Kristin Meekhof lost her husband to cancer, she discovered what all widows learn: the moment you lose your partner, you must make crucial decisions that will impact the rest of your life. But where do you begin? This inspiring book shows grieving widows what to expect and how to deal with the challenges of losing a life partner. From immediate issues like finances, estates and medical bills to long-term hurdles such as single parenthood, being a widow in the workplace and navigating social situations by yourself, this book guides widows through the tumultuous and painful first five years to a more hopeful future.

For Widows Only

Author: Annie Estlund
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595291104
Size: 13.52 MB
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For Widows Only! is an extraordinary book for widows. Personal, intimate, and honest, it contains straight from the hip girl talk, strictly for widows only! In addition to nuts and bolts advice, author Annie Estlund includes her most intimate feelings and those of many other widows, making this book relevant to widows of all ages at all stages. Organized into three sections, "What Happened?" "What Now?" and "What Next?" For Widows Only! guides the grieving widow through her most anxious moments and helps her find answers to her most pressing questions. Ms. Estlund particularly empathizes with widows who think they will never survive their trauma or that life will never again be worthwhile. For Widows Only! offers guidelines to deal with the fears and aches of widowhood while maintaining an upbeat tone and hope for the future. Although life will never be the same, Ms. Estlund illustrates that it can be good again. Wives and others who grieve will take solace in this candid view of widowhood, and widows will especially appreciate its honesty. For Widows Only! is destined to be every widow's best friend, always there when she needs it. Annie has recently been widowed a second time and is considering an update of "For Widows Only," based on her experiences with these two life crises.

Confessions Of A Mediocre Widow

Author: Catherine Tidd
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 140228523X
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I spent my 11th wedding anniversary planning my husband's funeral. If I could just figure out how to make that rhyme, it would be the beginning of a great country song. Involuntarily single. That's the true story of where Catherine Tidd finds herself just three weeks after turning thirty-one. Widowed with three children under six years old, a rusty resume, no fix-it skills, and no clue how to live life as a widow, Catherine can't help but be a little exasperated with her dead husband for leaving her to deal with life on her own. Catherine's now in charge of her life in a way she never wanted to be, in a way that would have most of us reeling and numb. But she soon realizes that when you call the shots, you can make pedicures one of the stages of grief—and that moving forward might be more fun in a new sports car. Her honest Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is a glimpse into the heartbreaking and sometimes humorous world of a young woman who learns that it is possible to find joy in an unexpected life.