The Widow or Widower Next Door: 25 Widows & Widowers Answer 25 Questions about Losing a Mate

The Widow or Widower Next Door Widows Widowers Answer Questions about Losing a Mate Most everyone knows that losing a mate to death is a painful experience Those who have not had such a loss of someone very close seldom realize the depth and breadth of that pain As a result in an e

  • Title: The Widow or Widower Next Door: 25 Widows & Widowers Answer 25 Questions about Losing a Mate
  • Author: MaryLee Robinson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Most everyone knows that losing a mate to death is a painful experience Those who have not had such a loss of someone very close, seldom realize the depth and breadth of that pain As a result, in an effort to make the bereaved or themselves feel better, and to distance themselves from the event they say and do some outrageous and unthinking things Others, possessing vMost everyone knows that losing a mate to death is a painful experience Those who have not had such a loss of someone very close, seldom realize the depth and breadth of that pain As a result, in an effort to make the bereaved or themselves feel better, and to distance themselves from the event they say and do some outrageous and unthinking things Others, possessing very tender hearts, say and do some of the kindest things imagineable Most all of us who participated in writing this book found ourselves surprised by other people s reactions to our loss The Widow or Widower Next Door is a collection of stories that reveal the unexpected reactions that occur We prepare for school by attending Pre K We prepare to get our Driver s License by taking driving lessons We got to pre marital counseling before we wed Nothing, but nothing prepares us for the loss of a spouse We hope this book will get people thinking and preparing, and we hope that it will help them learn how to better help a friend or a neighbor with such a loss Readers have asked why is there a logo of a hand with a heart in it as the cover of the book The answer lies in The Valentine s Story, excerpted from the book The doctors told me that Pat was not going to be with me much longer I took a red marker and a ballpoint pen with me to the hospital on Valentine s Day I took his hand and drew a heart on his palm I wrote my heart inside it and said I love you you hold my heart in your hand The mortician left it in place Pat still holds my heart in his hand and my heart is warm because of it.

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    1. This collection of responses to questions of how widows and widowers gave some rather predictable advice on shoulds and should nots when it comes to interacting with those in deep grief. I read this to find ways to help those friends who have lost their spouses or children and hope I have a better idea of how to be a good listener and include those who are suffering from loneliness or isolation during their grief journey.

    2. There were so many truths in this book about a sensitive subject that most of our North American society does not seem to know how to deal with.It is a fact of life that each one of us will experience the loss of a loved one, and while The Widow or Widower Next Door deals openly and honestly with the experiences of losing a spouse, which as one of the comments expressed as “a loss like no other,” many of the same examples apply to people who lose a child, a parent, a grandparent or a dear fr [...]

    3. It is impossible not to be moved by the stores this book contains. A group of people speak about one of the most vulnerable time of their lives, the weeks, months or years following the death of their spouse. They don't try to describe their sadness, as they believe no one can understand the pain, the emptiness, the lack of stable points to rebuild a life.Actually, I think most people understand quite well, as after childhood, very few of us escape losing someone they love deeply. I lost my fath [...]

    4. *** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***I haven't experienced such a big loss yet, so when I picked up this book I did not think it would struck me this much.I had to stop at some point because of the pain I was feeling in my chest - we do not think about these things as much as we should (or at least I know I don't). Being an ordinary 20 year old death is not on top of my agenda but it is something I will eventually have to face and this book helped me prep [...]

    5. "an emotional roller coaster that the death of a loved one forces us to ride"All of us have to deal with losing someone at some point in our lives; if there hasn't been a book like this written before then it should have been. Mary Lee documents her own personal experiences alongside a whole series of accounts from other people trying to cope with their grief after the death of a loved one. Initially the format works well and I recognised many of the anecdotes! I hadn't read them anywhere else; [...]

    6. I received a free copy of The Widow or Widower Next Door from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'd like to thank her for the opportunity to read this book.This book is a collection of real experiences of widows and widowers.It's written in a Q&A format, it's very easy to read. The writing was excellent and so was the information contained in the answers.As a non griever, I found the book very helpful and informative to people who care about and want to help a loved one th [...]

    7. “The Widow or Widower Next Door” is a one of a kind collection of stories, remembrances, and advice written by several different widows and widowers. MaryLee Robinson’s aim with this project is to get people thinking about how they can better support, help and talk with the people in our lives experiencing loss. The first hand stories are touching, thoughtful and provide great insight to those that want to help, but don’t quite know how to. If you have friends or family going through a l [...]

    8. **I received this book for free through First Reads.**Not a lot to say about this book except that I expected one thing and got another.What I expected: Stories of widowhood.What I got: A what to do/not to do guide for handling the recently widowed.What I liked: It made me think. Made me realize that the best thing I can do for someone is to just be there and listen.What I didn’t like: I was not a fan of the layout. Instead of hearing multiple voices, I felt like I was only hearing one.

    9. Gloves off, no punches pulled look at how our society handles grief and grievers. Easy to read in a clear flowing format, it's refreshingly honest and has much to convey to non-grievers about how to help "the widow or widower next door" with the greatest loss of their lives.

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