You Can't Do It Alone: A Widow's Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After

You Can't Do It Alone: A Widow's Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After

You Can't Do It Alone: A Widow's Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After

You Can't Do It Alone: A Widow's Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After


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In this supportive guide, a widow and a mental health expert provide guidance and thoughtful advice for anyone dealing with traumatic loss.

When FOX11's weather anchor Maria Quiban Whitesell's husband Sean was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer, she was completely unprepared. How would she possibly explain what was happening to their young son, Gus? How should she respond when people ask inappropriate questions? What about just dealing with the details of the day-to-day?

In You Can't Do It Alone, Whitesell tells her story and teams up with licensed therapist Lauren Schneider to provide readers with a roadmap for walking through illness, death and grief. Whitesell and Schneider explore:
  • Discussing a serious diagnosis in an honest, clear manner
  • Navigating control over life when you feel no control
  • Finding your support group
  • Dealing with memories, family and friends
  • Helping balance work, caregiving, parenting and much, much more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738285948
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,097,811
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Maria Quiban Whitesell greets millions of Los Angeles viewers daily each morning as FOX11's weather anchor. Prior to joining the Good Day LA/FOX 11 Morning News team, she was the chief weather anchor for the Orange County News Channel, and before that, meteorologist for NBC Hawaii News 8 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Emmy Award-winning news anchor and broadcast meteorologist is also familiar to many around the world from her appearances in film and television including Clint Eastwood's Bloodwork, Bruce Almighty, Stepbrothers, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, and many others.

Lauren Schneider, LCSW is a nationally recognized authority on Children's Grief and has provided trainings for mental health clinicians, educators, clergy, health care providers and graduate students. Lauren is the author of Children Grieve Too: A Handbook for Parents of Grieving Children. Lauren maintains a private practice in Los Angeles specializing in grief and loss.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Last Breath-How to Tell Your Child His Daddy Died Last Night

Introduction: My Life with Sean 1

Chapter 1 You Can't Do It Alone 21

Chapter 2 Finding Joy and Building Memories 45

Chapter 3 Reality Bites-Nearing the End of Treatment

Chapter 4 Taking Charge: Staying in Control of an Uncontrollable Disease 73

Chapter 5 Memories Never Die 99

Chapter 6 The First Time Without 111

Chapter 7 Life Goes On 157

Afterword 181

Acknowledgments 191

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