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Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood Paperback – May 15, 2012
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Happily Even After is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD.
"In Happily Evan After, Carole Brody Fleet has fresh things to say about the intricacies of intimacy, returning to the workplace, the grief of children, and remarriage. This book is recommended for its authentic depiction of the widow's experience."
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"The loss of a soulmate can seem like the end of the world. Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood is an inspirational read from Carole Brody Fleet as she shares her own story of grief and struggle after losing her husband at forty, leaving her at midlife without the man she thought to grow old with. With advice on adapting to a new life as a single person once more, grieving, moving on, and much more, Happily Even After is a must for self-help and inspirational collections, highly recommended."
Midwest Book Review
"Chock full of personal questions and powerful answers, Happily EVEN After is full of compassionate and heart healing advice. With a wisdom garnered from experience, Carole Brody Fleet's comforting, hand-held approach will help you move through the anguish of being "half" and into the life-inspiring solace of feeling whole again."
Lori Bryant-Woolridge, author, The Power of Wow: A Guide to Unleashing the Confident, Sexy You
"Yes, even after the loss of a beloved, when all seems bleak and hopeless, it is possible to find your way out of despair. Filled with compassionate understanding, practical guidance and honest reassurance that a meaningful life awaits, "Happily Even After" is a worthy companion for your journey."
Judy Ford, author of Every Day Love: The Delicate Art of Caring for Each Other
"The author of Widows Wear Stilettos has done it again! Happily Even After fills a critical gap that aims to support the widowed mother thereby supporting her children. By speaking honestly and from experience, Carole Brody Fleet conveys her respect and understanding of the unchartered territory of widowhood. This book is a beacon of hope in a sea of darkness. A true survivor’s survival guide."
Jill Starishevsky, author of My Body Belongs to Me
"Bravo to Carole Brody Fleet! As a young widow with five children, I feel connected to Happily Even After. Each chapter gives voice to the different scenarios a widow encounters. A heartfelt and concrete roadmap that can guide widows through an emotionally challenging and chaotic time."
Charlene Khaghan, author of A Tiny Step Forward -Providing Children a Positive Way to Cope with Grief
"I like this book because it has spunk and because it is practical and not preachy. Carole Brody Fleet's lists of things that can wait for awhile and of things that CAN'T wait can be put to immediate use, for example. Her suggestions for establishing a routine are healthy. And since emotions do not go away, it is important not to skip any steps in healing. I also like the authors' assurances that everyone is unique; that you are in charge; and if you can't find it, create it. Carole's idea about celebrating Valentine's Day anyway shows the sort of creativity that she encourages. Not that creativity surges back, of course. It may well ebb at first, then flow again. Happily Even After offers a strong list of referrals and itself is a powerful guide to navigating a touch course."
Linda Hawes Clever, MD author of The Fatigue Prescription
From the Back Cover
"Learning to live happily after the experience of devastating loss is among the most important lessons that can ever be taught. Carole Brody Fleet dares to answer the questions that many are afraid to ask." Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
Inside Happily Even After you will learn how to:
Live as a single person in a couple's world
Rekindle neglected friendships and start new ones
Transform holidays back into joyous, memorable occasions
Reintegrate into the workplace
Give yourself permission to explore dating
Find grief groups and choose one if that's right for you
Top Customer Reviews
Thank you Carole for proving to me that widowhood doesn't have to mean I will never be happy again. But thank you too for not implying that I have to leave behind a man I love so much in order to create a new life.
I haven't experienced early widowhood, but I do have friends who lost a partner early on. I wish I had read this book years ago - really, I wish it had been written ages ago - so I could be a better friend and show deeper understanding of what they were going through. With an estimated 20 million widows in this country, many under 40, it's a topic that touches us all. The better we can support the healing and grieving process for those who are left behind, the better our society will be.
The chapters on dating and intimacy are priceless. These are the questions we have, and Fleet addresses them head on. She weaves real questions and comments in with her private life experience, and we as the reader come to fall in deep admiration for the trail she had to blaze.
Thank you for stepping and showing us that Widows wear Stilletos. That life continues after you say goodbye to the past, and that death can be honored with a bit of wry humor, when appropriate.
Sound advice delivered with an authentic voice. Brava!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was helpful in moving forward after a loss. I will re-read in a few months. I cried at times.Published 3 months ago by Anita - New Hope
I read this book about a week after my husband passed away. I got a lot of information plus it gave me hope that this devastating pain would lessen one day because I actually hurt... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bernie D. Texas
This book has been a tremendous practical help and morale booster in navigating the rough waters of widowhood. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kathleen H Sabaini
It has some pithy advice but it seemed like most chapters were full of recommendations for her website. Maybe it's too soon but I didn't get very much comfort here. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrea Ralston
My husband passed away less than a year ago the pain is unreal but this book has help me to believe that my life may not be over this journey that I was thrown into is on of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer