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Widows and Siblings

Q. My sister and I have had a rocky relationship for much of our lives, yet we seem to be drawing closer now that my husband has died. Is this unusual?According to family therapist Karen Gail Lewis, Ed.D., 80 percent of Americans have a sibling, and 65 percent of siblings get closer as they get…See More
Aug 14
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Widows and Siblings

Q. My sister and I have had a rocky relationship for much of our lives, yet we seem to be drawing closer now that my husband has died. Is this unusual?According to family therapist Karen Gail Lewis, Ed.D., 80 percent of Americans have a sibling, and 65 percent of siblings get closer as they get…See More
Aug 14
Sallie Moore commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post Displaying Photographs of Your Late Husband
"My husband just died 6/21/15, I have a really great picture of him on the dresser beside my bed along with a few of the things he owned. I have pictures of him throughout our home and will continue to do so. Since I have no plans of ever being…"
Jun 29
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Burial Issues Confront Widows in New Relationships

Q. I am happily remarried after six years as a widow. My first husband is buried in a family plot I purchased when he died. My own plot is right next to his. The graves of my parents and other relatives are in the same cemetery. However, my second husband talks about me being buried with him in another state, close to his children. How can I handle this without hurting him? I…See More
Apr 6
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Burial Issues Confront Widows in New Relationships

Q. I am happily remarried after six years as a widow. My first husband is buried in a family plot I purchased when he died. My own plot is right next to his. The graves of my parents and other relatives are in the same cemetery. However, my second husband talks about me being buried with him in another state, close to his children. How can I handle this without hurting him? I…See More
Apr 6
Terence Cartwright commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post Why More Widowers Date, Remarry Than Widows
"I lost my partner 15 months ago and have felt no desire to restart another relationship. I keep getting being asked why im not dating agin. To me it feels as if all i would be doing is looking for a replacement which doesent seem right.  I am…"
Mar 18
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

Why More Widowers Date, Remarry Than Widows

Q. I lost my husband about a year ago, and still am not ready for dating. Yet widowers I know (or have heard about) seem to be interested in a new relationship almost right away. How come?Both research and demographics confirm your observations. In a 1996 Annals of Clinical Psychiatry study of 249 widows and 101 widowers, 61 percent of men and 19 percent of women were remarried or in…See More
Mar 18
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Why More Widowers Date, Remarry Than Widows

Q. I lost my husband about a year ago, and still am not ready for dating. Yet widowers I know (or have heard about) seem to be interested in a new relationship almost right away. How come?Both research and demographics confirm your observations. In a 1996 Annals of Clinical Psychiatry study of 249 widows and 101 widowers, 61 percent of men and 19 percent of women were remarried or in…See More
Mar 18
Robert Davis liked Florence Isaacs's blog post Facing Valentine's Day: 5 Tips for Widows
Feb 11
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Facing Valentine's Day: 5 Tips for Widows

Q. I'm facing my first Valentine's Day since my husband died. We used to exchange fun gifts and go out to dinner to celebrate, and I dread spending it without him this year. How do others handle it?Valentine's Day without your spouse can be hard, especially for the first time. It's one of those holidays that can boldly underline your loss. Store windows sprout cutouts of hearts (all…See More
Feb 9
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Facing Valentine's Day: 5 Tips for Widows

Q. I'm facing my first Valentine's Day since my husband died. We used to exchange fun gifts and go out to dinner to celebrate, and I dread spending it without him this year. How do others handle it?Valentine's Day without your spouse can be hard, especially for the first time. It's one of those holidays that can boldly underline your loss. Store windows sprout cutouts of hearts (all…See More
Feb 9
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

A Guide for Widows on Acknowledging Condolences

Q. My husband died a few months ago, and I've got a pile of sympathy cards and notes to respond to, not to mention messages posted on the funeral home website and elsewhere online. He knew a lot of people. Do I have to write to everyone, and how much time do I have to do it? I feel overwhelmed.Responding to expressions of sympathy has always been a monumental task for widows. It's hard enough to put one foot in front of the other when you're grieving, without facing an avalanche of…See More
Jan 16
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A Guide for Widows on Acknowledging Condolences

Q. My husband died a few months ago, and I've got a pile of sympathy cards and notes to respond to, not to mention messages posted on the funeral home website and elsewhere online. He knew a lot of people. Do I have to write to everyone, and how much time do I have to do it? I feel overwhelmed.Responding to expressions of sympathy has always been a monumental task for widows. It's hard enough to put one foot in front of the other when you're grieving, without facing an avalanche of…See More
Jan 15
Florence Isaacs commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post When Couples Who Are Friends Disappear After Your Husband Dies
"Sandee:  There's no question that other people can disappoint us.  But I've found that making new friends helps considerably in building a new life.  And you find them by talking to everyone and participating in activities…"
Jan 6
Sandee McMaster commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post When Couples Who Are Friends Disappear After Your Husband Dies
"You can't imagine how much this has opened my eyes to the different ways people might think. It is 2 years since my husband died but for reasons I won't go into, I am only now beginning to grieve. I feel completely hopeless and it has been…"
Jan 6
 

Widow in the World

By Florence Isaacs

Florence Isaacs is a freelance journalist and author whose books include My Deepest Sympathies, When the Man You Love Is Ill and Just a Note to Say...The Perfect Words for Every Occasion.

In her new monthly blog for LegacyConnect, Florence – a widow herself offers advice to bereaved spouses and partners. Widow in the World is Florence's second blog for LegacyConnect. She also writes Sincere Condolences in which she offers tips on writing thoughtful sympathy notes and answers questions about condolence and eulogy writing, funeral etiquette and more.

 

If you have a question for Florence, please email her at fisaacs@florenceisaacs.com.

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Widows and Siblings

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Q. My sister and I have had a rocky relationship for much of our lives, yet we seem to be drawing closer now that my husband has died. Is this unusual?

According to family therapist Karen Gail Lewis, Ed.D., 80 percent of Americans have a sibling, and 65 percent of siblings…

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Displaying Photographs of Your Late Husband

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 10:00am 1 Comment

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Q. In my bedroom I display an 8x10 photo of my late husband at his best. Smaller photos that include him (shots of happy family events and our many trips) are scattered…

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Burial Issues Confront Widows in New Relationships

Posted on April 6, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Q. I am happily remarried after six years as a widow. My first husband is buried in a family plot I purchased when he died. My own plot is right next to his. The graves of my parents and other relatives are in the same cemetery. However, my second husband talks about me being buried with him in another state, close to his children.…

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Why More Widowers Date, Remarry Than Widows

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:00am 1 Comment

Q. I lost my husband about a year ago, and still am not ready for dating. Yet widowers I know (or have heard about) seem to be interested in a new relationship almost right away. How come?

Both research and demographics confirm your observations. In a 1996 Annals of Clinical Psychiatry study of…

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At 10:22pm on September 24, 2013, Rowe said…

Florence, did you get my past e mail explaining the loss of my two husbands, one to hypertention, and one to Lung Cancer.. I Am not very good at this computer mailing.. but trying my best

At 4:55pm on May 11, 2013, Charles Gollott said…
My wife of 26 years died almost 4 years ago of colon cancer. I am still having a difficult time. I have lost interest in doing anything productive or enjoyable. I cry regularly. However, I've come to understand that crying can be therapeutic so that doesn't bother me as much as it once did. I have a couple of rooms in the house that I have allowed to become very cluttered and in need of cleaning out. The desire is there to do these tasks but I just can't seem to get up and get started. In my defense, I have a disability which makes it difficult. I am not able financially to pay someone to come in and help me. I feel like I'm caught between the rock and the hard place. Do you or anyone else reading this have any ideas of help?
Charles Gollott

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