Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for the Young Widow

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Because of catastrophic events such as the World Trade Center tragedy and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the demographic of young widows has grown suddenly and dramatically. Of the ten million single mothers in the United States alone, over 40 percent are widows and that doesn't take into account young widows without children in other countries. Such atrocities as the terror attacks in London, Madrid, Pakistan and Syria have increased the statistics of young widows around the world at an alarming rate. ...
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Overview

Because of catastrophic events such as the World Trade Center tragedy and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the demographic of young widows has grown suddenly and dramatically. Of the ten million single mothers in the United States alone, over 40 percent are widows and that doesn't take into account young widows without children in other countries. Such atrocities as the terror attacks in London, Madrid, Pakistan and Syria have increased the statistics of young widows around the world at an alarming rate. Widowhood is a frightening prospect for women of any age, but the reality of becoming a widow in your twenties, thirties and forties can be terrifying.
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Editorial Reviews

Orange Coast Magazine
[The] author has created a wise and practical guide for young widows on how to recover, cope, heal, and find a fulfilling life.
The Orange County Register
Carole Brody Fleet offers advice and humor in the book,' Widows Wear Stilettos . . . ' to help young widows cope with loss.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
A young widow holds out a helping hand to others who have lost their husbands
Midwest Book Review
Widows Wear Stilettos' " is a must for anyone who has faced the tragedy of losing a spouse
The Monterey County Herald
Mourning and depression give way to 'Widows Wear Stilettos . . . '; a touching and funny memoir
Library Journal

Motivational speaker and coach Fleet, who was widowed at 40 and has since made numerous guest appearances on television and radio, offers a guide for women who have also experienced the loss of a partner at a young age. Fleet's presentation is frank and interspersed with bits of honest humor. The text is easy to read, with charts and tips sprinkled throughout. Fleet, with psychotherapist Harriet, provides information on how to organize details such as funeral arrangements, wills, social security, and insurance at a time when organization is the last thing a new widow may want to face. She discusses emotional, physical, and spiritual health and finishes by focusing on living the rest of your life. This is a book about hope, and women will want to read it and share it with others, regardless of marital status or age. An essential addition to every public library.
—Melody Ballard

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882823393
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 212,975
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 There's a Light at the end of the Tunnel (And Trust Me, It's Not An Oncoming Train) 5

2 People Say the Dumbest Things (Or: "You Did Not Just Say That!") 15

3 Thinking "Inside the Box" (For a Change) 25

4 Your "Healing Timeline" Vs. Everyone Else's "Healing Timeline" 35

5 Who is That Girl in the Mirror? (And How to Find You Again) 51

6 Fueling and Energizing (Diet and Exercise) 65

7 The "Business" of Widowhood (Or: The "Wherefores" and "What Nows" of Paperwork) 81

8 When Both Mommy and Daddy... Are You (...Or So You Think) 99

9 The "Firsts"-Part I (On the Calendar) 117

10 The "Firsts"-Part II (Definitely Not on the Calendar!) 127

11 First Love... (Or Plugging Holes?) 145

12 "Now You'll Have Closure" (And Other Myths Laid to Rest) 157

13 B-U-L-L or Y-E-E-H-A-H (The Choice is Yours) 167

14 To Remarry or Not to Remarry? (That Indeed is the Question!) 183

15 Welcome to the Rest of Your Life (And Other Parting Thoughts) 197

Epilogue 213

Acknowledgments 215

Recommended Reading and Additional Resources 221

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    Loved it!

    Finally, a book that doesn't just talk about how bad it hurts to lose your husband. I already know that. This book is teaching me how to live again. I'm not what you would call a young widow because I'm in my 60's but I think this book is for widows of all ages.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    Quick, practical read for an incredibly difficult time.

    This is one of the top three books of grieving a partner that I've read in the past year. Part good friend, part cheerleader, part business advisor and even a bit of shoe therapy. Pertains to anyone under 50 whose partner has died.

    Best $10-12 you can spend in your grieving process. Better yet if you have a friend in this position give them this book, a hug, and let them know you're present for them.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

    Widows wear stilettos

    On reading this book, I found the content to be very inspirational and uplifting, with the author taking on a subject that can be very distressing, especially to a recent widow. This book also covers topics like financial advice, dating, family and health issues, where other bereavement books fail. The author also injects a little humor into a serious subject, using her own tragedies and heartache to inspire others to go forward in life, which is very refreshing. The title of the book 'Widows Wear Stilettos, portrays an attitude of 'mind', not a fashion statement. I highly recommend this book to widows of ALL ages, it is a vital, informative read

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