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Should a Widow Move? If So, How Soon?

Q.  My husband died several months ago, and people keep asking me whether I’m going to sell my house and downsize or move somewhere else entirely. How do others decide what to do?Therapists and counselors who work with bereaved spouses commonly advise: Wait a year or so before finalizing the decision, unless you have no choice for financial or other reasons. Why? Because a spouse’s death…See More
Mar 23
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Should a Widow Move? If So, How Soon?

Q.  My husband died several months ago, and people keep asking me whether I’m going to sell my house and downsize or move somewhere else entirely. How do others decide what to do?Therapists and counselors who work with bereaved spouses commonly advise: Wait a year or so before finalizing the decision, unless you have no choice for financial or other reasons. Why? Because a spouse’s death…See More
Mar 23
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

Complicated Grief and Widows

Q. I’ve heard that some widows experience “complicated grief.” How does it differ from ordinary grief, and who’s at risk? I’m a widow myself.Grief is the emotional and physical response to the death of a loved one, featuring symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, panic, numbness, fatigue, shock. After my own husband died, I walked around in a daze, with what seemed like a transparent film over my…See More
Oct 5, 2016
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Complicated Grief and Widows

Q. I’ve heard that some widows experience “complicated grief.” How does it differ from ordinary grief, and who’s at risk? I’m a widow myself.Grief is the emotional and physical response to the death of a loved one, featuring symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, panic, numbness, fatigue, shock. After my own husband died, I walked around in a daze, with what seemed like a transparent film over my…See More
Oct 5, 2016
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

Widows' Aid To Coping? Coloring Books

Q. I’ve read about coloring books for adults that somehow help reduce stress. Are any of them for widows?I haven’t found any that focus specifically on widows, but "Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times" by Deborah H. Derman, Ph.D., targets readers who have had a major loss. Derman knows all about losses firsthand. Both of her parents died in a…See More
Aug 2, 2016
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Widows' Aid To Coping? Coloring Books

Q. I’ve read about coloring books for adults that somehow help reduce stress. Are any of them for widows?I haven’t found any that focus specifically on widows, but "Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times" by Deborah H. Derman, Ph.D., targets readers who have had a major loss. Derman knows all about losses firsthand. Both of her parents died in a…See More
Aug 2, 2016
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

How To Handle Children's Objections to a Widow's Remarriage

Q. My husband died over a year ago, and I’ve just started to date. I find myself wondering how my grown children will react if I actually meet someone and want to marry again. What are the possible snags, and what can I do to smooth the way?A new man is welcomed in most situations I know of personally. However, change is hard – and financial, emotional, and other…See More
May 31, 2016
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How To Handle Children's Objections to a Widow's Remarriage

Q. My husband died over a year ago, and I’ve just started to date. I find myself wondering how my grown children will react if I actually meet someone and want to marry again. What are the possible snags, and what can I do to smooth the way?A new man is welcomed in most situations I know of personally. However, change is hard – and financial, emotional, and other…See More
May 31, 2016
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May 23, 2016
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Apr 29, 2016
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A Widow's 'All Girls' Trip Is Worth the Try

Q. I’ve been asked to join some women acquaintances on a long weekend excursion. The participants are widows (like me) or divorced. What do you think?I’m all for it. In fact, I’ve been doing something similar for several years. The “all girls” trip has become an annual highlight. In my case, the idea took hold after my husband, an attorney, died. One of his biggest clients was a business trade organization, which held a convention and large meetings two or three times a year. I tagged along…See More
Apr 29, 2016
Dennis Bux commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post Online Dating for Widows: 10 Tips To Avoid Being Scammed
"Hi There, Im speaking from a man's point of view, and from someone that lost their wife of 35 years. To start, I agree with all that was stated above. For that reason please consider having someone help you if you are not able to consider or…"
Apr 13, 2016
Florence Isaacs posted a blog post

Wide Circle of Friends a Lifesaver for Widows

Q. I’m doing OK since my husband died, except for the loneliness. It’s so hard to deal with. I wonder how others manage, and what seems to work best. Your advice?My dictionary defines “lonely” as “without companions” or “solitary,” and notes that the first recorded use of the word dates back to Shakespeare’s play “Coriolanus.” Widows know loneliness well. When a mate dies, you…See More
Mar 18, 2016
T.C. Goodwin commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post Widows for a Second Time
" I know of a widow that has been married three times. The first two died of cancer and now the third also has cancer but now in remission after radiation. Cancer is truly our enemy. I am looking forward to a time when sickness will be done away…"
Feb 15, 2016
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

Widows for a Second Time

Q. I met someone who remarried after her husband died. Recently, her second husband also died. How common is it to be widowed twice? How do people survive this?I personally know of four widows who lost two husbands each. It's becoming a trend of sorts as we live longer and there's more time to start over again. The number of Americans 100 years old or older increased 43.6 percent between 2000 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are now 72,197…See More
Feb 10, 2016
Florence Isaacs posted a blog post

Widows for a Second Time

Q. I met someone who remarried after her husband died. Recently, her second husband also died. How common is it to be widowed twice? How do people survive this?I personally know of four widows who lost two husbands each. It's becoming a trend of sorts as we live longer and there's more time to start over again. The number of Americans 100 years old or older increased 43.6 percent between 2000 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are now 72,197…See More
Feb 10, 2016
 

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.

Just a Note to Say... My Deepest SympathiesWhat Do You Say When...Here's to You!

Florence Isaacs's Blog

Should a Widow Move? If So, How Soon?

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Q.  My husband died several months ago, and people keep asking me whether I’m going to sell my house and downsize or move somewhere else entirely. How do others decide what to do?

Therapists and counselors who work with bereaved spouses commonly advise: Wait a year or so before finalizing the decision, unless you have no choice for financial or other…

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Complicated Grief and Widows

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Q. I’ve heard that some widows experience “complicated grief.” How does it differ from ordinary grief, and who’s at risk? I’m a widow myself.

Grief is the emotional and physical response to the death of a loved one, featuring symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, panic, numbness, fatigue, shock. After my own husband…

Continue

Widows' Aid To Coping? Coloring Books

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

Q. I’ve read about coloring books for adults that somehow help reduce stress. Are any of them for widows?

I haven’t found any that focus specifically on widows, but "Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times" by Deborah H. Derman, Ph.D., targets readers who have had…

Continue

How To Handle Children's Objections to a Widow's Remarriage

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Q. My husband died over a year ago, and I’ve just started to date. I find myself wondering how my grown children will react if I actually meet someone and want to marry again. What are the possible snags, and what can I do to smooth the way?

A new man is welcomed in most…

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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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