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"Carole Brody Fleet is changing the face and style of widowhood. It's a very unique look at an unusual problem these days that is affecting a lot of women." - Deborah Roberts, Correspondent, ABC News', "Good Morning America Now"

"Motivational speaker and coach Fleet, who was widowed at 40 and has since made numerous guest appearances on television and radio, offers a guide for women who have also experienced the loss of a partner at a young age. Fleet's presentation is frank and interspersed with bits of honest humor. The text is easy to read, with charts and tips sprinkled throughout. Fleet, with psychotherapist Harriet, provides information on how to organize details such as funeral arrangements, wills, social security, and insurance at a time when organization is the last thing a new widow may want to face. She discusses emotional, physical, and spiritual health and finishes by focusing on living the rest of your life. This is a book about hope, and women will want to read it and share it with others, regardless of marital status or age. An essential addition to every public library" - The Library Journal

"[The] author has created a wise and practical guide for young widows on how to recover, cope, heal, and find a fulfilling life." - Orange Coast Magazine

"Carole Brody Fleet offers advice and humor in the book,' Widows Wear Stilettos...' to help young widows cope with loss." - The Orange County Register

"A young widow holds out a helping hand to others who have lost their husbands" - The San Diego Union-Tribune

About the Author

Carole Brody Fleet is the award-winning author and founder of Widows Wear Stilettos and, as well as a popular motivational speaker and coach to those having experienced loss, tragedy or life challenge. She has been featured on national, regional and local television, including ABC News', "Good Morning America Now" and is a regular guest on numerous radio programs; both nationally and internationally. She is featured in magazines, newspapers and websites, including: Psychology Today Magazine, Woman's World Magazine, Military Officer Magazine, The Orange County Register, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Detroit Free-Press and The Houston Chronicle. Using a fresh approach, putting a unique "twist" on her topics, and with her own inimitable message of "What Now and What Next", Ms. Fleet educates, enlightens and offers practical, emotional and even humorous guidance, education and support to the millions who have experienced loss; becoming widely recognized as an expert in the areas of bereavement and grief recovery.

Ms. Fleet is an honoree and recipient of the 2008 Embrace Life Award from State Farm Insurance Companies and is a Founding Case Library Author for, "The Hot Mommas Project"; housed at George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Syd Harriet, Ph.D, Psy.D has one doctorate in interpersonal and family communications from the University of Oregon and a second in clinical psychology with an emphasis in behavioral science from the University of Denver. He has been a licensed psychotherapist in private practice since 1983, has written numerous articles on bereavement and conducts monthly workshops and seminars offering support strategies for coping with the loss of a loved one, friend, health, home, income and even the loss of a pet.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press; First Edition edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882823396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882823393
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Cooper on January 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Obviously, by it's title alone, it's clear this is a book for girls only... While I commend what she is attempting to do with this book the honor of her endeavor becomes a bit lost in the many references to herself as a "Diva Goddess" and the repeated mention of 4 inch heels, both of which pushed me not toward endearment, but quite the contrary (I spent quite a bit of time mentally rolling my eyes).

The good: Chapters such as "The Firsts, Part 1', which deals with those firsts we all have to face from birthdays and holidays, to anniversaries, etc., "The Firsts, Part 2', which largely deals with the issue of the first date/love interest/serious relationship, etc. in a serious manner, and "When Both Mommy & Daddy Are You" which discusses exactly what it's title denotes. She has a good amount of advice on dealing with whom she refers to as "Everybody Else", which I found to be pretty on point. However, contrary to what is written in the publishers description, the issue of in-laws, which can be a major point of topic among many young widows (from how to deal with them without a peacemaker, to how to tell them you're dating) is a tiny blip on her Manolo hoofed radar.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a quick read (you could do this on a long flight, or long Sunday afternoon) and you are not new to grief, you might want to consider picking this up. I would not personally recommend this book for the newly bereaved however. Of course, if you know of a newly bereaved young widow you'd like to share the book with, you could always mark out the relevant chapters for her in her early stages of grief, and suggest she read the rest when she was ready.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Moore on February 12, 2009
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As a young 25 yr old widow, I highly recommend this book. While some may not be able to handle some of the humor early on in their grief process, it does provide a more realistic approach to widowhood for those under 60. There were several chapters in the book filled with information that I wish I knew when I first became widowed. The chapter about the paperwork was one that widows should know about. It is very overwhelming dealing with the paperwork and companies will take advantage of you during this time. Overall, I would recommend this book to a young widow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Hudson on April 27, 2010
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My daughter of 24 became a very young widow almost four months ago. She has a baby, now 1 1/2 years old. It is difficult to lose a loved one at any age, but at 24, with a small child and crazy in love with her husband, her first few months were so difficult. Each day, you just go through the motions to get through another day. Act happy, baby depends on it. No time to grieve, the world does not stop for you. As a mother of a young widow, you want to step in and do everything, take care of everything, make everything alright again. Sadley, it is not possible. While I was trying to locate a book on grief and the stages she was going through I came across this book. As a lover of heels, it caught my attention. After glancing through it, I was delighted to find a book for the "Young Widow". This book has done so much for her. It has lifted her spirits, answered questions no one had answers to, and gave her timetables as to what she would feel and different stages of moving on.

Needless to say, she has talked about this book to her Hospice Counselor several times and has now given away her copy. I am online to purchase another for her and multiples for Hospice for future young widows who find themselves looking for answers that most people can not provide. Excellent book. It has made such a huge difference for my daughter! Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By breaca on May 29, 2011
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I am not a stilleto wearing widow but an older version who wears tennis shoes, but I found this book to be very helpful. My husband die ooood very suddenly and it was a total shock to me. We had so many plans for retirement but alas they never came to be. Instead, I found myself having to uproot myself and move more than halfway across the Country because I am handihapped and needed support from family. I found myself dealing with many upheavals all at once and I did not know when and how to start the grief process. I found a grief counselor and finally needed the support from others like me. I am not able to drive and could not able to find my way to an external support group. My counselor and I were discussing online support groups and spoke about [...]. After checking out the website, I decided to purchase the book.

I found it to be a helpful source of realistic suggestion with which I could relate. There were people who suggested that I move on in the grief process or "take my grief to a private place." Needless to say, I was hurt and dumbfounded and confused. It had been such a short time since my husband had passed away that I did not beleive that I shouldn't be grieving but did not understand the timeline suggestions. The book helped put understanding and some courage to be able to understand that grief is individual and there is no specific timeline and that people can be stupid and hurtful. I was able to deal better with my feelings and other's misplaced comments.

It also gave me the perspective that I have to actively work at this process so that I can continue on with my life -- unfortunately, husbancless. I found out that their are small things that can sneak up on you and cause you to breakdown, yes, sometimes in public and it is okay. I can't say that I am healed but I am making progress in this journey and this book has belped that.
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