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Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Tidd
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Book Description

I spent my 11th wedding anniversary planning my husband's funeral. If I could just figure out how to make that rhyme, it would be the beginning of a great country song.


Involuntarily single. That's the true story of where Catherine Tidd finds herself just three weeks after turning thirty-one. Widowed with three children under six years old, a rusty resume, no fix-it skills, and no clue how to live life as a widow, Catherine can't help but be a little exasperated with her dead husband for leaving her to deal with life on her own.


Catherine's now in charge of her life in a way she never wanted to be, in a way that would have most of us reeling and numb. But she soon realizes that when you call the shots, you can make pedicures one of the stages of grief—and that moving forward might be more fun in a new sports car. Her honest Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is a glimpse into the heartbreaking and sometimes humorous world of a young woman who learns that it is possible to find joy in an unexpected life.



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"Heartfelt and surprisingly humorous memoir...an ultimately uplifting story, and thanks to Tidd's keen sense of humor her tale never becomes maudlin...Widowers and other readers will find inspiration and useful advice in her candid story." - Publishers Weekly

The life of a widow is ever changing and has some very odd "ticks" that come with it...and I feel like Catherine was able to get out on paper what all of us have felt at one moment or an other. This book is a must have for widows, particularly young widows; either in their first 6 months of grief or five years out.

"Emotional memoir...Tidd combines indignation and sarcasm with humility, and the result is a moving, helpful look at how to navigate the difficult times that come with tremendous loss. " - Kirkus

This was the only helpful book that I have read about becoming and being a widow. I found myself laughing and listening to Tidd as I would listen to a friend telling her story; she has a voice that is compelling, a story that is real and a book that is an invaluable addition to grief memoirs.

"An amazing book that I couldn't put down and I would recommend to anyone whether they have lost a spouse or not because she is straightforward yet humorous (my husband is dead and Keith Richards is alive?) about how her new life unfolded in the months and years following her husband's death. " - Cry, Laugh, Heal

"With wit and good humor, Tidd looks back on the time immediately following her husband's death with charming self-deprecation at her seeming inability to be a good widow. Through this, she shows readers that there is no "right way" to grieve. " - Library Journal

There's a world of beauty packed inside Tidd's book...Her mettle: She pours the past seven years onto pages for all of us to read and learn from, particularly her "Tips for widow(er)s and those who support them." Her take-down of the empty platitudes we mutter to people who are suffering ("He's in a better place." "Everything happens for a reason.") should be required reading for all humankind...We'd all do well to follow her lead.

About the Author

Catherine Tidd is a widow, mother, and the founder of theWiddahood.com. She is a contributing author to several anthologies focusing on grief and renewal and a writer for The Denver Post's Mile High Mamas. Originally from Louisiana, Catherine currently lives in Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3D8L3C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
As part of this whole awful horrible, terrible, no-good year after my husband's death in February 2013, I have been casting about for ways to help myself; thankfully, I don't know any other widows my age, and losing a husband, especially unexpectedly and under the circumstances in which he died (me out of town, child opening the door at 4 a.m. to the police...good times), makes for an even rarer breed of widow. This is definitely a good thing, my lack of contacts in the widowed world.

However. Makes it hard to know what's normal. Makes it hard to gauge my progress or lack thereof. I know that's weird, but sometimes having even one person who has been there and understands what you need (or don't need) helps.

So I looked at some self-help books (lots of stuff about God: not for me. Lots of schmaltzy schlocky crap: not for me). I went to therapy (not a ton of help). I joined an online community and started writing this blog, and those two things led to this: a book that actually helped.

Catherine Tidd is the author of Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband And My Sanity; she is also the founder of the online community I joined. Catherine's husband died in a motorcycle accident when he was 34, leaving 31-year-old Catherine widowed with three children under six. In addition to founding a very supportive place online for other widow(er)s, Catherine has also written the only book on being suddenly widowed that actually completely GETS IT.

She gets the shock that comes after death.

She gets the manic need to move on and the paralyzing inability to remember where you put the shoes you JUST TOOK OFF.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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At some point in life, we all deal with loss. Few of us will ever have to deal with the situation that the author, Catherine Tidd, was faced with - becoming a widow at 31, with three young children. This book chronicles her first few years of widowhood with candor and honesty. One minute you will be on the verge of tears, the next minute you'll be laughing out loud.
The bottom line is, there is no wrong way to grieve and "Confessions of a Mediocre Widow" will open your eyes to perspectives you probably never thought about before when it comes to dealing with grief. Her voice is clear and full of humor, a testament to her strength; which you will come to admire as you read this touching memoir.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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For my full review, including photos of Catherine and her family, see my website or search "Who's in Charge of this Crazy Life?"

Catherine Tidd takes us through her catastrophic loss and leaves us with belief in our ability to survive, make it through the worst, and keep a sense of humor. This is a riveting story for young widows or anyone who has lost a spouse or survived a disaster. Nearly anyone, in other words. With honesty, spunk, and perseverance, Catherine stays upright, experiments, and makes a new life despite her longing for what is gone. She turns her tragedy into a chance to help others by creating the Widdhahood.com.

Catherine Tidd forgives herself for not knowing what to do in every crisis, lets chaos and grief in, and somehow keeps her humor. We cheer for her as she finds balance in her demolished world. As with Tidd's blogs, her book makes me smile and laugh at the strange world of my own widowed life. Catherine is known for her wit, but I feel closest to her when she becomes serious and reflective.

"The people who have experienced losing a lifelong partner and who have successfully come out the other side... they're carrying a secret.... they watch for signs, for meaning...and then they act on it, knowing that life is short and that they alone have a special path.... They cry when they need to. They feel everything and welcome it into their lives rather than fighting it. And once that self-awareness happens, so does a certain inner peace." Catherine Tidd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Reflective, Hopeful, January 15, 2014
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Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is a must have for all widows/widowers, or for those who want to understand a widow(er). You laugh, you cry, you feel the hope, but mostly relate! Catherine Tidd's ability to tell the truth of her journey, the good and the bad, with such raw emotion and humor made it impossible to put the book down. Reading 200 pages without a break, is a good indication of what a gifted writer she is and to share a story so personal.
I am a widow and also am part of a Grief Team that helps others. This book will be added to our list of resources.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really wonderful January 11, 2014
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No words can capture how much this book has meant to me. I lost my husband six days after his 42nd birthday and my first experiences with support groups didn't meet the needs of this younger widow. Catherine's book hits so many moments, feelings, experiences right on the nose for me, I felt like we were sharing our experiences together as I read her story. Thank you for this book and for the widow/widower support network you have built, you are truly inspirational.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I learned so much about how hard it is to live as a widow. What walls have to be climbed as a single parent. Losing the love of her life, she struggles and then gathers her strength. This book not only educates the widow's out there, but also the supporters that come to their aide. It gives a true picture of the support Catherine's family and friends provided, plus all the struggles she went through on her own after Brad's death. I loved hearing about the children and their distinct personalities. How they've grown over the years as Catherine has morphed into her own as a single parent. How she tackled her own future. Taking roads never traveled before. Looking for new love and experiencing change. A GREAT READ!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Book about her processing the death of her husband. No research or generalizations of the process.
Published 8 days ago by nancy alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars I get it!!!!!!
Any age widow can identify with what the widow felt. Widowhood is a sorority you don't chose to join especially At such a young age
Published 28 days ago by Grandma D
5.0 out of 5 stars This would be a good reading for anyone who has lost a loved one ...
This would be a good reading for anyone who has lost a loved one or knows someone who has. It would be a great insight into how different people grieve and what you can and can't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sueellen28
5.0 out of 5 stars I completed related to her!
This is my story. Well, okay, I am older, probably not near as pretty and haven't started dating again, but everything else matches. This is a great book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dabeast
4.0 out of 5 stars real, honest, helpful
I waited 15 months after my husband died to read this book. It would have been a good one to read in the first 6 months after my loss- but it was still very good . The title. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Krystal Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book! I would highly recommend it; even of you are like myself, and not a widow.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, essential reading for widows regardless of their age
Very good , essential reading for widows regardless of their age.
Published 2 months ago by Marjorie from Dunnellon FL
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable book and written from the heart.The author is one brave lady.
Published 2 months ago by BARRY
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I stumbled upon this book last night while looking for my next read. It came up in my recommended book section because I had purchased a book on grief before. Read more
Published 3 months ago by corinna
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for every new widow
I felt as if I was reading my very own words! I don't feel as alone on this crazy roller coaster ride that is widowhood. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kristin
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