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Helpful overall - though not realistic about support from others
on November 26, 2015
My husband died in an apparent accident 6 weeks ago - and overall I have found this book very helpful. I have to say, however, that it overestimates the extent to which someone in this situation can expect help from others. I have certainly received emotional support and practical assistance from friends and acquaintances, for which I am very grateful. At the same time, I have also found that a) many individuals and businesses go out of their way to try to extract money from survivors in vulnerable times like this, and I have spent dozens of hours in the last few weeks fighting off these attempts, and b) as a surviving spouse, I am the only person with the authority to handle most business matters related to my husband's passing - so family members can't help, even if they want to, and c) I am still trying to get the state police to give me basic details of their internal report of what happened - so far, to no avail. A book like this would be even more helpful if it would acknowledge these realities and recommend coping strategies.