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The issues that surround the loss of a spouse are numerous and complex. A very small sampling of these issues include helping children cope with a parent's death, re-entering the workplace and eventually re-entering the world of dating, love and intimacy; as well as moving through a profoundly emotional period. The widowed must find a way to accept and deal with these oftentimes conflicting and confusing emotions while being expected to "carry on and carry forward" by those around them. The widowed must also ...
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Overview


The issues that surround the loss of a spouse are numerous and complex. A very small sampling of these issues include helping children cope with a parent's death, re-entering the workplace and eventually re-entering the world of dating, love and intimacy; as well as moving through a profoundly emotional period. The widowed must find a way to accept and deal with these oftentimes conflicting and confusing emotions while being expected to "carry on and carry forward" by those around them. The widowed must also adjust financially and legally; as well as be available to children that inevitably look to their surviving parent for guidance and support. Whether newly widowed or widowed for many years, those who has suffered the loss of a spouse have many questions that need answering and they likely know no one who is adequately qualified to answer those questions.

Award-winning author and grief recovery expert, Carole Brody Fleet follows up the critically acclaimed: "Widows Wear Stilettos" with the aptly-titled, Happily Even After, the first and only book of its kind; answering the most common questions that the widowed generally have both immediately following a spouse's death as well as months and even years thereafter. These questions are excerpted from thousands of actual letters received by the author and the responses are from the author's own perspective; based upon considerable personal and professional experience and insight.

Since the questions featured are the more commonly asked questions by those who are themselves widowed, readers will likely find answers to most of the questions that they have concerning widowhood; dealing with everything from child rearing as a widowed parent to coping with relatives who fancy themselves financial wizards, to the "rules of intimacy"...and a wide-ranging variety of subjects in between. In her warm, witty and wise tone, Carole walks widows through the shock and overwhelming sadness and back into the land of the living. Whether you are a young woman in the early years of a marriage, a Golden Anniversary celebrant or a "widow of the heart" who lost a signifigant other with no legal claims, Fleet will hold your hand and offer you practical tools for any problem you may face. Most importantly, Happily EVEN After will help you reclaim YOU.

Winner of the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award for Relationships

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Editorial Reviews

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"Carole Brody Fleet’s book: Happily Even After answers the many questions that grieving spouses have to deal with, and does so with compassion, depth, and a light touch. The questions she deals with range from ‘whom I now?’ to ‘how do I deal with the sense of guilt—deserved or not?’—to ‘how do I deal with the finances or with the children’?, to “when and how do I return to dating, to sex, and to remarriage?’"
South Florida Jewish Journal

"I really admire your organization [and] I really believe in what you're doing. It's an unbelievable testament to survival."
—Nate Berkus

Happily Even After is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD.

"In Happily Evan After, Carole Brody Fleet has fresh things to say about the intricacies of intimacy, returning to the workplace, the grief of children, and remarriage. This book is recommended for its authentic depiction of the widow's experience."
–Spirituality & Practice

"The loss of a soulmate can seem like the end of the world. Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood is an inspirational read from Carole Brody Fleet as she shares her own story of grief and struggle after losing her husband at forty, leaving her at midlife without the man she thought to grow old with. With advice on adapting to a new life as a single person once more, grieving, moving on, and much more, Happily Even After is a must for self-help and inspirational collections, highly recommended."
—Midwest Book Review

"Chock full of personal questions and powerful answers, Happily EVEN After is full of compassionate and heart healing advice. With a wisdom garnered from experience, Carole Brody Fleet's comforting, hand-held approach will help you move through the anguish of being "half" and into the life-inspiring solace of feeling whole again."
—Lori Bryant-Woolridge, author, The Power of Wow: A Guide to Unleashing the Confident, Sexy You

"Yes, even after the loss of a beloved, when all seems bleak and hopeless, it is possible to find your way out of despair. Filled with compassionate understanding, practical guidance and honest reassurance that a meaningful life awaits, "Happily Even After" is a worthy companion for your journey."
—Judy Ford, author of Every Day Love: The Delicate Art of Caring for Each Other

"The author of Widows Wear Stilettos has done it again! Happily Even After fills a critical gap that aims to support the widowed mother thereby supporting her children. By speaking honestly and from experience, Carole Brody Fleet conveys her respect and understanding of the unchartered territory of widowhood. This book is a beacon of hope in a sea of darkness. A true survivor’s survival guide."
—Jill Starishevsky, author of My Body Belongs to Me

"Bravo to Carole Brody Fleet! As a young widow with five children, I feel connected to Happily Even After. Each chapter gives voice to the different scenarios a widow encounters. A heartfelt and concrete roadmap that can guide widows through an emotionally challenging and chaotic time."
—Charlene Khaghan, author of A Tiny Step Forward -Providing Children a Positive Way to Cope with Grief

"I like this book because it has spunk and because it is practical and not preachy. Carole Brody Fleet's lists of things that can wait for awhile and of things that CAN'T wait can be put to immediate use, for example. Her suggestions for establishing a routine are healthy. And since emotions do not go away, it is important not to skip any steps in healing. I also like the authors' assurances that everyone is unique; that you are in charge; and if you can't find it, create it. Carole's idea about celebrating Valentine's Day anyway shows the sort of creativity that she encourages. Not that creativity surges back, of course. It may well ebb at first, then flow again. Happily Even After offers a strong list of referrals and itself is a powerful guide to navigating a touch course."
—Linda Hawes Clever, MD author of The Fatigue Prescription

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936740130
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 264,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


Carole Brody Fleet is the award-winning author of "Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for the Young Widow," (New Horizon Press); "Happily EVEN After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond!) the Grief of Widowhood" (Viva Editions, 2012), as well as the author and executive producer of the bestselling CD, entitled, "Widows Wear Stilettos: What Now?". She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Widows Wear Stilettos, Inc.

Using a fresh approach and putting a unique twist on her topics, Ms. Fleet is a popular motivational speaker to those who have been touched by the pain and challenge of loss; regardless of age. With her own inimitable message of "What Now and What Next", Ms. Fleet educates, motivates, inspires, enlightens and offers practical, emotional and even humorous guidance to the millions who have experienced loss, tragedy or a challenge in their lives.

Ms. Fleet also speaks to general audiences of all ages; addressing such issues as goal-setting and achievement; overcoming obstacles; time management; stress management; work and life balance; "leadership or "leaner-ship"; giving back / effecting change and "finding the powerful voice within" - and does so in an uplifting, witty manner.

Ms. Fleet makes guest appearances on national, regional and local television; appears as a regular guest on numerous radio programs in the United States and Canada and is a featured expert in many well-known international and national magazines, newspapers and websites in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. She addresses a wide variety of topics; including, but not limited to: caregiving, illness and loss / post-loss issues; as well as matters relating to financial transition after loss or divorce; raising children who have lost a parent; re-entering the world of dating and love and most importantly, making a return to a fulfilling and abundant life after the loss of a spouse; as well as after any kind of loss, tragedy, challenge or life difficulty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    An excellent book for a terrible time

    This book is like talking to a friend about everything you're experiencing with your loss. Questions you can't ask people who are not widowed or left behind - answered with grace and complete honesty. Truly an uplifting book for any woman suffering through a loss.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2014

    The best book out there for anyone who has lost a loved one Yes

    The best book out there for anyone who has lost a loved one

    Yesterday I saw author Carole Brody Fleet on HUFFPOLIVE talking with Nate Berkus about love and loss and what to hold on to and i immediately ran out and got a copy of the HAPPILY EVEN AFTER. I lost my husband a year ago and went through a really hard time - emotionally, financially, and in every possible way. Carole's book is already helping me. It is a funny thing with widowhood, as you feel so alone. And, at night, you usually are alone for the first time in years. So, Carole's warm, friendly and oh-so helpful voice really comes across in the book. When it gets too hard, (usually at bedtime) I can now read this book and feel like I have a friend who lost her husband before I did and can offer excellent advice on every aspect of widowhood and how to get though and beyond the pain. Bravo to Carole Brody Fleet for lighting the way in the darkness for all us widows!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Grief is one of the most difficult emotions to write about and y

    Grief is one of the most difficult emotions to write about and yet Carole Brody Fleet did just that and she did it beautifully.
    This book gives hope when a person is in despair. She wrote with words that anyone could relate to. It is clear she knows
    what she’s talking about and that she has been through the same things. She names what you’re going through, and lets people
     know that their feeling are not abnormal. Grief is Grief and it okay to feel what you’re feeling- whatever that might be.  

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