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: 61.94 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: 69.25 MB
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By Himself

Author: Deborah Kestin Van den Hoonaard
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442641096
Size: 18.66 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.

Believe

Author: Jennifer Silvera
Publisher: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 0825493846
Size: 53.15 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.

For Widows Only

Author: Annie Estlund
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595291104
Size: 58.48 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.

Saturday Night Widows

Author: Becky Aikman
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307590453
Size: 56.44 MB
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Six marriages, six heartbreaks, one shared beginning. In her forties – a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role – Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas. Together, these friends summon the humor, resilience, and striving spirit essential for anyone overcoming adversity. Meet the Saturday Night Widows: ringleader Becky, an unsentimental journalist who lost her husband to cancer; Tara, a polished mother of two, whose husband died in the throes of alcoholism after she filed for divorce; Denise, a widow of just five months, now struggling to get by; Marcia, a hard-driving corporate lawyer; Dawn, an alluring self-made entrepreneur whose husband was killed in a sporting accident, leaving two small children behind; and Lesley, a housewife who returned home one day to find that her husband had committed suicide. The women meet once a month, and over the course of a year, they strike out on ever more far-flung adventures, learning to live past the worst thing they thought could happen. They share emotional peaks and valleys – dating, parenting, moving, finding meaningful work, and reinventing themselves – while turning traditional thinking about loss and recovery upside down. Through it all runs the story of Aikman's own journey through grief and her love affair with a man who tempts her to marry again. In a transporting story of what friends can achieve when they hold each other up, Saturday Night Widows is a rare book that will make you laugh, think, and remind yourself that despite the utter unpredictability and occasional tragedy of life, it is also precious, fragile, and often more joyous than we recognize. From the Hardcover edition.

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Widow To Widow

Author: Genevieve Davis Ginsburg
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0738211338
Size: 62.79 MB
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In this remarkably useful guide, widow, author, and therapist Genevieve Davis Ginsburg offers fellow widows-as well as their family and friends-sage advice for coping with the loss of a husband. From learning to travel and eat alone to creating new routines to surviving the holidays and anniversaries that reopen emotional wounds, Widow to Widow walks readers through the challenges of widowhood and encourages them on their path to building a new life.