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Posted October 31, 2011
Normally I don't bother reading all of the forewards and such in the beginning of a book, but I stopped to read the page labeled "Dear Reader" in this one. It starts out like this: "My life stopped on April 13, 2006. At 6:19 that evening Jimmy, my high school sweetheart and husband of 33 years, died of Burkitt's Lymphoma. He was sick for barely a month, and had just turned 56." At this point, tears were streaming down my face (and even now, writing this review, I'm misting up). I've been fortunate in the fact that I haven't lost anyone close to me in a very long time. In fact, the only person I've been close to that died was my grandpa, but I was very young when that happened so I don't really remember much about it or how I was feeling. I often wonder how I would ever be able to cope with losing someone I love so dearly; reading Carol's story really touched me in a lot of ways and allowed me to see how she was able to overcome such a tragedy. I really liked how the book was divided up into little snippets, each with its own title. Some were sad, others funny, and some were a combination of the two. I enjoyed the bits of humor in the story, as it really lightened the mood (and helped me dry my eyes, for awhile anyway). My two absolute favorite sections were entitled "One More Time" and "Free To Marry". The entire book was extremely engaging, but those two passages held a lot of humor and actually made me laugh out loud. It was so interesting and heartwarming to see Carol grow through the pages of this book. She went from being such a broken person, having lost her other half and not knowing how to live life without him, to finally finding her own identity and allowing herself to move on. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to Carol, and maybe through reading this book they will find a new way to cope with grief and loss in their own life, as well as realize that they're not alone. I'm extremely glad I got the chance to read this one and I recommend this to everyone, regardless of if you've gone through such a tragedy before or not.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2011
Poor Widow Me by Carol Scibelli is a lovely tribute to love lost and found. A permission slip if you will, to not forget but embrace those who are lost to us psychically yet spiritual will always be a part of our lives. Her since of humor and sharing make this the perfect gift to friends when words are not enough. In short you are not alone share the love and laughter and don't be afraid to move on. a very good read I highly recommend it.
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