The Widower's Toolbox: Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse

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The death of a spouse has a powerful impact on the widowed partner's life. However, there is a very distinct difference in the way males and females mourn the losses of loved ones. Most men work hard to keep their grief to themselves, maintain stoic emotional control and refrain from asking others for help.

The Widower's Toolbox: Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse is a compassionate guide that equips the nearly half-million widowers who lose their wives annually with ...

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Overview

The death of a spouse has a powerful impact on the widowed partner's life. However, there is a very distinct difference in the way males and females mourn the losses of loved ones. Most men work hard to keep their grief to themselves, maintain stoic emotional control and refrain from asking others for help.

The Widower's Toolbox: Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse is a compassionate guide that equips the nearly half-million widowers who lose their wives annually with the tools to deal effectively with their sorrow and tackle the important tasks and issues surrounding the deaths of spouses. Author Gerald J. Schaefer shares his own personal experiences recovering and nurturing two sons after living through, coping with and ultimately healing from the pain of losing his beloved wife. Schaefer and expert grief counselor Tom Bekkers provide a take-action approach, reaching out to men in mourning around the globe by presenting over forty activities to pilot widowers through the process of bereavement:

Picking Up the Pieces

Healing From Within

Giving Back to Others

Loving Again

This insightful, inspiring book channels men's grief into constructive tasks and supplies the tools that will enable bereaved husbands to recreate fulfilling lives.

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With the help of professional grief counselor Bekkers, Schaefer writes about his experience of losing his young wife to breast cancer. His aim is to ease the pain of men in similar situations; to accomplish this, he provides 41 activities, e.g., reach out to others and honor their spouse's memory. Since men are hesitant to pick up self-help books, this could be safely given as a gift or used by a social worker or religious counselor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882823454
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 534,116
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Part I Picking Up the Pieces

Chapter 1 Contact Other Professionals 7

Chapter 2 Enter Basic Training 19

Chapter 3 Establish New Traditions 30

Chapter 4 Break Bread 36

Chapter 5 Seek the Prayer Connection 41

Chapter 6 Get Help! 47

Chapter 7 Get a Body/Mind/Spirit Tune-Up 52

Chapter 8 Become Inspired 61

Chapter 9 Learn to Meditate 67

Chapter 10 Use Affirmations 74

Chapter 11 Make and Keep Friends 80

Part II Healing From Within

Chapter 12 Construct a Memory Box 87

Chapter 13 Gather a Scrapbook 91

Chapter 14 Cherish Personal Effects 95

Chapter 15 Wear Me, Feel Me 99

Chapter 16 Act Carefree as a Child 104

Chapter 17 Write a Love Letter 110

Chapter 18 Join the Chain Gang 116

Chapter 19 Go Natural 120

Chapter 20 Light a Candle 126

Chapter 21 Begin Workouts 130

Chapter 22 Remember Your Song 135

Chapter 23 Frame Memories 140

Chapter 24 Send a Message 145

Chapter 25 Create a Comforting Object 151

Chapter 26 Celebrate 155

Chapter 27 Plant a Memorial Garden 160

Chapter 28 Choose to Read 164

Chapter 29 Imagine the Other Side 169

Chapter 30 Keep Memories in Motion 174

Chapter 31 Find a New Best Friend 177

Chapter 32 Harbor No More Regrets 182

Part III Giving Back to Others

Chapter 33 Show Gratitude 191

Chapter 34 Do a Good Turn 195

Chapter 35 Develop a Product with a Cause 202

Part IV Loving Again

Chapter 36 Share Lessons Learned 208

Chapter 37 Clothe Others 214

Chapter 38 Bestow a Seat 218

Chapter 39 Gain a New Perspective 223

Chapter 40 Send Your Sympathies 229

Chapter 41 Appreciate Love and Marriage 234

Afterword 243

Appendix 244

Acknowledgments 246

Resources 248

References 253

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    I found this book to be very helpful because it gave me a number

    I found this book to be very helpful because it gave me a number of ideas to help me get my life on track again. Grocery shopping tips and trading help for help in return, helped a lot. It then goes on to show me how I could get a feeling of purpose again in my life by helping others with the lessons I learned through my loss. The author explains the differences on how men and women grieve and I found that interesting and true from my viewpoint. Highly reccommend for a man or a woman who loses a spouse.

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