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Military Widow: A Survival Guide

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This survival guide for widows of service personnel, a first-of-its-kind, tackles the unique and complex issues arising from the death of a spouse in the military. It speaks to loss in each of the service branches, across the span of rank and rates, and offers invaluable insights and practical strategies for dealing with this life-altering tragedy. The authors expertly blend personal experience with guidance from leading experts on grief and traumatic loss and translate ten years of lessons learned into an ...
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Overview


This survival guide for widows of service personnel, a first-of-its-kind, tackles the unique and complex issues arising from the death of a spouse in the military. It speaks to loss in each of the service branches, across the span of rank and rates, and offers invaluable insights and practical strategies for dealing with this life-altering tragedy. The authors expertly blend personal experience with guidance from leading experts on grief and traumatic loss and translate ten years of lessons learned into an effective guide. Short, easy-to-read chapters provide realistic profiles of widows and their responses to loss and the complications generated in the unique world of the military, as well as insight on how to make difficult decisions and cope with everyday situations. Although written primarily for the widow, this book will also prove useful to other family members, friends, and military professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591148340
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 485,098
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Joanne M. Steen, the widow of a naval aviator killed in the line of duty, is a nationally certified counselor and certified strategic planner, crisis responder, instructor, and speaker on military loss.

M. Regina Asaro is a psychiatric nurse certified in death and bereavement and a crisis responder who worked with a team in Oklahoma City in the aftermath of the bombing and with the families of victims of the massacre in Srebrenica. She has presented many workshops on the impact of violent crime, grief, and traumatic loss.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Introduction 1
Part 1 Life and Death in the Military
1 The Ultimate Sacrifice 7
2 Who Is the Military Widow? 13
Part 2 Military Grief Is Complex
3 Your Life Experiences 23
4 Your Husband's Life and Death 28
5 The Unique Culture of the Military 34
Part 3 When Your Husband Dies Suddenly
6 Types of Death: Anticipated Versus Sudden 47
7 Myths about Grief 52
8 Common Grief Responses to Losing Your Husband 57
9 Grief Work 65
10 Am I Going Crazy? 74
11 Thoughts of Suicide 86
12 Deployment-Delayed Grief 90
13 Disenfranchised Grief 95
Part 4 The Unplanned Trip through Living Hell
14 The Military Takes Care of Its Own 103
15 Dealing with the Kids 109
16 Dumb Things People Say 115
17 God Issues 119
18 Inappropriate Advances 125
19 Identity Theft 131
Part 5 Difficult Decisions
20 What Not to Do with the SGLI 135
21 Where to Live 141
22 What to Do with Your Weddings Bands 145
23 What to Do with the "I Love Me" Wall 149
Part 6 Everyday Coping
24 Coping with Significant Dates 155
25 Widow Humor 161
26 Staying Healthy While Grieving 165
27 In-Laws, Ex-Wives, and Stepchildren 171
28 Dating Again 179
29 Growth after Loss 185
30 In Case of Emergency 189
Appendix A How You Can Help the Military Widow 197
Appendix B Resources 201
References 211
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