Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for the Young Widow

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Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for the Young Widow

Format:  Paperback,

223 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Jan 2009

ISBN-13: 9780882823393

ISBN-10: 0882823396

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Widowhood is a frightening prospect for any woman, but becoming a widow in one's forties, thirties, or twenties can be terrifying. "Widows Wear Stilettos" deals sensitively with the many problems and questions facing the young widow: depression and grief, helping children cope, facing in-laws, and returning to work. The authors also address practical concerns including financial considerations and personal issues such as health, self-awareness, diet, and exercise. This reassuring book shows how a life that feels at an end can begin anew.


Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Jan 2009
ISBN-13: 9780882823393
ISBN-10: 0882823396
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 223
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.54
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
There's a Light at the end of the Tunnel (And Trust Me, It's Not An Oncoming Train)p. 5
People Say the Dumbest Things (Or: "You Did Not Just Say That!")p. 15
Thinking "Inside the Box" (For a Change)p. 25
Your "Healing Timeline" Vs. Everyone Else's "Healing Timelinep. 35
Who is That Girl in the Mirror? (And How to Find You Again)p. 51
Fueling and Energizing (Diet and Exercise)p. 65
The "Business" of Widowhood (Or: The "Wherefores" and "What Nows" of Paperwork)p. 81
When Both Mommy and Daddy... Are You (...Or So You Think)p. 99
The "Firsts"-Part I (On the Calendar)p. 117
The "Firsts"-Part II (Definitely Not on the Calendar!)p. 127
First Love... (Or Plugging Holes?)p. 145
Now You'll Have Closure" (And Other Myths Laid to Rest)p. 157
B-U-L-L or Y-E-E-H-A-H (The Choice is Yours)p. 167
To Remarry or Not to Remarry? (That Indeed is the Question!)p. 183
Welcome to the Rest of Your Life (And Other Parting Thoughts)p. 197
Epiloguep. 213
Acknowledgmentsp. 215
Recommended Reading and Additional Resourcesp. 221


Review by Library Journal (2009-01-01)

Motivational speaker and coach Fleet, who was widowed at 40 and has since made numerous guest appearances on television and radio, offers a guide for women who have also experienced the loss of a partner at a young age. Fleet's presentation is frank and interspersed with bits of honest humor. The text is easy to read, with charts and tips sprinkled throughout. Fleet, with psychotherapist Harriet, provides information on how to organize details such as funeral arrangements, wills, social security, and insurance at a time when organization is the last thing a new widow may want to face.

She discusses emotional, physical, and spiritual health and finishes by focusing on living the rest of your life. This is a book about hope, and women will want to read it and share it with others, regardless of marital status or age. An essential addition to every public library.

-Melody Ballard, Pima Cty. P.L., Tucson, AZ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Because of catastrophic events such as the World Trade Center tragedy and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the demographic of young widows has grown suddenly and dramatically. Of the ten million single mothers in the United States alone, over 40 percent are widows and that doesn't take into account young widows without children in other countries. Such atrocities as the terror attacks in London, Madrid, Pakistan and Syria have increased the statistics of young widows around the world at an alarming rate. Widowhood is a frightening prospect for women of any age, but the reality of becoming a widow in your twenties, thirties and forties can be terrifying. Book jacket.

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