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Widows Like Me: True Stories From Widows Trying To Occupy Sanity (article) [Kindle Edition]

Cathleen Murphy Shaffer , Dani Simmonds
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Look beyond a new widow's tears and you will find a woman searching for sanity and other people who can relate. Not wishing to be labeled a wacky widow, this author goes in search of stories from other widows who may have had thoughts, actions and experiences similar to her own. Maybe sanity is over-rated? This 7294 word article contains true stories from widows trying to occupy sanity.

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  • File Size: 105 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RIJU5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empathy with a Soft, Insightful Touch November 12, 2012
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I suggested this article for an old college friend who had suddenly lost her husband. Karen told me she thought she was going crazy until reading this piece. She commented "I might still be crazy, but at least I know I am not alone," and she smiled. The first smile I'd seen from her in three months. I was curious, so I read it. This is a well-written, empathetic article with great insight. Healing one's heart is a long journey, but "Widows Like Me" is a good, early step on that journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Widows like me November 10, 2012
By mwk
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I purchased this e-article for a recent widow friend of mine hoping it would maybe give her some small measure of comfort. Comfort in knowing that she is not alone and reading what other widows in their own words have gone through. She said that not only was the gesture kind but could see herself clearly in many of the widow's mini stories. She mentioned that the article was really helpful in proving to herself that she wasn't going crazy she was just crazy with grief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Widows January 17, 2014
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now I understand that most widows are just like on all the time, sleeping on the couch..
.much more....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to find a story that you can relate to. January 31, 2013
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Right now I am absorbing anything related to widows. I found this book enjoyable because the stories did not fit the norm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So we're Not crazy January 26, 2013
By pattiJ
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Very short book that consists of posts to a blog for widows. Some of these really hit home and some sounded a bit crazy,just like I am these days. Quick read, worth the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate connection June 21, 2014
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I enjoyed feeling connected to these women. I cried, understood them and better my own situation. I bought it on a particularly empty saturday morning and felt less confused and alone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Short June 2, 2014
By Gamer
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What is here is good, but there is not enough of it to make it worth it. The author should expand this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 25, 2014
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This is a great read for widows or, like in my own situation, someone trying to help a newly widowed friend or family member. Great read and well worth the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it's OK
As a new widow, I think I was looking for more "meat" in this book than it had. It was an OK read and I can relate to a lot of the stories. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Teresa Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Widows are a singular breed.
From the postings and all else I hear, widows occupy a singular place in society that is sometimes uncomfortable and bordering on insanity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by candiwat
4.0 out of 5 stars Comforting to know your feelings are 'normal'
When you find yourself in this unexpected situation, that of being a widow after 44 years of a good marriage and so close to retirement, it is shocking, depressing, sad, lonely and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jill Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful to not feel so alone
I smiled, I cried, I may not get along with some of these women in the real world. But in each story there was a moment of complete and deep connection, something missing from our... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. FRANKS
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this
I could relate to nearly every story here. My only regret is that I wish it would have gone on and on with 100+ more stories. I will read this many times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr Sherri
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and true to life a shaving been a widow!
Great quick read. As having been a widow found it funny and true to life. Actually recommended to a widow.
Published 7 months ago by fourdl
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
I like this very much and it is hard for me to think of eighteen words to say as to why.
Published 7 months ago by conchopearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Being a widow means all kinds of "normal"
There is no set time frame when you become a widow. Listen to your own feelings and not someone else's.
Published 9 months ago by chevy
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but good
It was not a big book, but it was a help, we all go through similar processes. there is no rights or wrongs
Published 9 months ago by Marilyn bonnett
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Cathleen Murphy Shaffer, author of Widows Like Me, spent 15 years in the Chicago area newspaper business as an award winning reporter, editor and columnist. Her award-winning newspaper column "So What Else Is News" ran for over 10 years in three Chicagoland papers. Her Illinois vanity license plate was "newsy1" which she turned into a blog in 2009 called She eventually managed three newspapers then fled the rat race with her husband, hoards of books and two literary cats to the mountains of Colorado. Colorado was the perfect home base for a nice long stint of breathing fresh air and traveling the Southwest and Mexico part-time in an RV. She has written travel articles (under the name Cathleen Shaffer) for many online sites including: Huffington Post Travel, AOL Travel News, Gadling and Map Quest. She has written for many online sites on jobs, style, shopping, cooking, skiing, kids and pop news. A recent widow, Shaffer got her idea for Widows Like Me after talking to other widows who also questioned their sanity but found it comforting to hear what other widows had to say. Most declared that sanity was highly over-rated and crazy with grief was a different animal indeed.

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