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A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years
Meekhof, Kristin, LMSW and James Windell, MA
Sourcebooks / Softcover / 2015-11-01 / 1492620599
Death & Bereavement
price: $20.99 (may be subject to change)
256 pages
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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.

Reviews and Endorsements:

"This is 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

"Kristin Meekhof provides a gentle and hopeful guide as you deal with the dark days. This is the book that will help you carry on despite the unbearable fog to find your inner confidence again." - Susan Toffler, media strategist and widow

"This is a book that should be essential reading for every woman struggling to make sense of life after the death of a husband. I recommend this book because it is highly accessible and will surely improve the lives of many widows and those who help widows." - Lord Loomba, CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation

"This book is a valuable resource for people within the medical profession to better understand hospice, palliative care, and death from a family perspective. When death does occurs, this book can serve as a resource for providers as they guide widows and families through their grief." - Gary D. Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer, University of Michigan, Director - Endocrine Oncology Program, Director - Center for Organogenesis

"I'm proud of Kristin Meekhof, who has written this inspiring and insightful book to help guide widows through their grief. This book is by an Architect of Change, for all of us who must deal with grief." - Maria Shriver

"This guide is an incredible resource for anyone in need of healing after losing their spouse. With Kristin Meekhof's book, recent widows can gain the tools and courage they need to carry on." - Michelle King Robson, president of EmpowHer

"A Widow's Guide To Healing offers a wonderful balance of practical knowledge and inspiring advice that will give its readers a sense of peace and hope. I would have definitely appreciated a book like this when I first became widowed." - Amy Morin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Bestselling Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

"One of the few things we know without certainty about life is that, in life, we never know. A Widow's Guide to Healing is that rare gem, a practical guide that makes the unthinkable bearable, the painful manageable, and the road to healing a little brighter. You will be hard pressed to find a better guide on growth in the aftermath of loss." - Lee Daniel Kravetz, author of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success

"The most important quandaries bereavement poses-some with lifelong import-must be faced while widows are still reeling from emotional trauma. Or must they? Meekhof and Windell help vulnerable readers sort what can be put off and what must be done-and where to get help doing either. Had this guide been available back when I was rushing to extricate myself from the financial havoc left by my husband's death, their financial advice alone would have saved me substantial sums from which my children would have benefitted." - Kathryn Craft, author of The Far End of Happy

"Finally a book that offers women who are new to widowhood a solid blueprint and empowering game plan while facing life's greatest challenge. This book offers supportive comfort to widows as they find hope again and most importantly, the healing needed to recreate their life. I wished I had this book when I became widowed many years ago. A light in the darkness of a widow's journey." - Carolyn Moor, founder, Modern Widow's Club

About the Author:

Kristin Meekhof, MSW, is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post,, WomenThatSoar, and others. Widowed at a young age, she can speak from experience on the unique and unforeseen challenges of widowhood.

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