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Happily Even After
A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood
Carole Brody Fleet
ISBN: 9781936740130
Foreword by Lisa Kline
Book (Paperback)
Viva Editions
$16.95
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
256 pages
May 15, 2012


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"In Happily Evan After, Carole Brody Fleet has fresh things to say about the intricacies of intimacy, returning to the workplace, the grief of children, and remarriage. This book is recommended for its authentic depiction of the widow's experience." -–Spirituality & Practice

"The loss of a soulmate can seem like the end of the world. Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood is an inspirational read from Carole Brody Fleet as she shares her own story of grief and struggle after losing her husband at forty, leaving her at midlife without the man she thought to grow old with. With advice on adapting to a new life as a single person once more, grieving, moving on, and much more, Happily Even After is a must for self-help and inspirational collections, highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review

Happily Even After is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD

The issues that surround the loss of a spouse are numerous and complex. A very small sampling of these issues include helping children cope with a parent's death, re-entering the workplace and eventually re-entering the world of dating, love and intimacy; as well as moving through a profoundly emotional period. The widowed must find a way to accept and deal with these oftentimes conflicting and confusing emotions while being expected to "carry on and carry forward" by those around them. The widowed must also adjust financially and legally; as well as be available to children that inevitably look to their surviving parent for guidance and support. Whether newly widowed or widowed for many years, those who has suffered the loss of a spouse have many questions that need answering and they likely know no one who is adequately qualified to answer those questions.

Award-winning author and grief recovery expert, Carole Brody Fleet follows up the critically acclaimed: Widows Wear Stilettos with the aptly-titled, Happily Even After, the first and only book of its kind; answering the most common questions that the widowed generally have both immediately following a spouse's death as well as months and even years thereafter. These questions are excerpted from thousands of actual letters received by the author and the responses are from the author's own perspective; based upon considerable personal and professional experience and insight.

Since the questions featured are the more commonly asked questions by those who are themselves widowed, readers will likely find answers to most of the questions that they have concerning widowhood; dealing with everything from child rearing as a widowed parent to coping with relatives who fancy themselves financial wizards, to the "rules of intimacy"...and a wide-ranging variety of subjects in between. In her warm, witty and wise tone, Carole walks widows through the shock and overwhelming sadness and back into the land of the living. Whether you are a young woman in the early years of a marriage, a Golden Anniversary celebrant or a "widow of the heart" who lost a significant other with no legal claims, Fleet will hold your hand and offer you practical tools for any problem you may face. Most importantly, Happily EVEN After will help you reclaim YOU.

Carole Brody Fleet is the award-winning author of Widows Wear Stilettos and Happily EVEN After (Viva Editions), winner of the prestigious Books for a Better Life Award. Widely recognized as a leader in the areas of grief and life-adversity recovery, Carole is also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Huffington Post and regularly appears as a media contributor and expert on numerous television and radio programs; as well as in national and international print and web media.
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