"On Your Own is more than a financial planning guide. It is also a guide for surviving the emotional rite of passage that surviving spouses must endure. On Your Own is a sensitive and practical work about a necessary but painful period in the life of a widow. Widowers should read it also." -- Bureau of National Affairs
"For all who have asked `What do I do now?' or `Who can help me...?' I recommend On Your Own. Like earlier editions, this is a sensitive and insightful resource for those who have recently experienced (or are preparing to experience) the loss of a spouse. In a highly readable and usable style, the authors lead the reader through important topics often thought to be too intimidating or too confusing for someone wrought with fear and sadness." -- Edward Jay Beckwith
"Help in coping. Here are some places to look for help in getting on with life...On Your Own...practical information on health insurance, estate planning and benefits programs." -- US News & World Report
"If someone you care about is widowed, don't send flowers--send this book!" -- Terry Savage, Author and Columnist Chicago Sun-Times
From the Publisher
The loss of your husband is likely to be the most traumatic event of your life. You did not choose this painful passage, and chances are you are overwhelmed by the events you now have to face.
In the third edition of this bestselling classic, you will be taken through a series of steps, each designed to help you cope with the psychological and financial issues of widowhood. The book shows you how to respond to the grief you are feeling and move on to reach a state of emotional and financial well-being. Authors Alexandra Armstrong, Certified Financial Planner, and Dr. Mary Donahue, psychologist, firmly believe that there is a connection between your financial and psychological recovery. From mourning through recovery, they will show you how to:
* React to your loss.
* Deal with your emotional needs.
* Develop a psychological and financial support group.
* Organize your finances.
* Develop a budget that works for you.
* Develop a long-term financial plan.
* Protect your assets.
* Start over by moving on.
By sharing the stories of four widows, On Your Own will help you identify factors in your own life that will likely play a role as you move through the various stages of grief. You will probably recognize yourself in one or more of these women. These profiles, combined with the advice, checklists, and worksheets included in On Your Own, will guide you through this very difficult time, as you start your new lifeon your own.
Praise for the previous edition:
"From facing your initial reactions through rebuilding your life, the authors deal with difficult issues clearly and realistically. This is a thoughtful and reliable book to help anyone through the shock and confusion of widowhood." --Modern Maturity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.