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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…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…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
Florence Isaacs commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post Give a Little, Get a Lot: What Volunteering Offers to Widows
"I'm so glad to hear this, Trina.  I think one of the secrets of happiness is helping others.  And today there are so many ways to do it."
Jan 4
Trina Mamoon commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post Give a Little, Get a Lot: What Volunteering Offers to Widows
"Thank you for this thoughtful piece. The night before my husband passed, I asked him how I would go on living without him for the rest of my life (perhaps another 20-25 years). My beloved husband told me that I will go on living for my siblings and…"
Dec 28, 2014
Florence Isaacs posted a blog post

Give a Little, Get a Lot: What Volunteering Offers to Widows

Q. A friend of mine, a widow like myself, volunteers at a soup kitchen every year at holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m thinking of joining her, but I’ve never volunteered before. What do you think?A Chinese proverb advises, “If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.” I’ve found that to be true and I know many other widows who have added meaning to their lives through volunteer work at museums, schools, libraries, parks, helplines, organizations like the Red Cross and…See More
Dec 19, 2014
Louise Jordan commented on Florence Isaacs's blog post More Online Dating Tips for Widows, Part Two
"My husband was in a nursing home for 8 months from a major stroke.He died Oct 27,2014. I was with him when he died.The Drs said he would be in a nursing home the rest of his life.Our marriage had alot of problems.We married at a very young age and…"
Dec 8, 2014
Florence Isaacs posted a blog post

Remembering When Your Husband Died

Q. Why don’t people remember the anniversary of my husband’s death? Even my husband’s sister and brother don’t seem to be aware of it or mark it in any way. It bothers me that he’s forgotten. What are your thoughts?My "take" is that this is a very private anniversary — and when others forget the date it does not mean they are forgetting your husband — or you. Sometimes people think mentioning the subject would remind you of the death. They don’t realize that (1) we know. And (2) it comforts us…See More
Nov 19, 2014
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

When Couples Who Are Friends Disappear After Your Husband Dies

Q: I find that my relationships with some couple friends have changed dramatically since I’ve been widowed. In some cases, I’ve been dropped entirely from their social calendar; in others the wife is available for lunch or dinner only during the week and only alone. Is there anything I can do about it? Alas, it isn’t…See More
Oct 21, 2014
Florence Isaacs posted a blog post

When Couples Who Are Friends Disappear After Your Husband Dies

Q: I find that my relationships with some couple friends have changed dramatically since I’ve been widowed. In some cases, I’ve been dropped entirely from their social calendar; in others the wife is available for lunch or dinner only during the week and only alone. Is there anything I can do about it? Alas, it isn’t…See More
Oct 21, 2014
Florence Isaacs's blog post was featured

Solo Vacations for Widows

Q. I’m in my 50s and thinking of taking a vacation by myself so I can meet some new people. But I’m also frightened. I’ve never traveled completely alone before, although my late husband and I saw much of the world together. Do you have any suggestions?I think you’re brave. Many widows share your anxiety. Yet the options for…See More
Sep 10, 2014
Florence Isaacs posted a blog post

Solo Vacations for Widows

Q. I’m in my 50s and thinking of taking a vacation by myself so I can meet some new people. But I’m also frightened. I’ve never traveled completely alone before, although my late husband and I saw much of the world together. Do you have any suggestions?I think you’re brave. Many widows share your anxiety. Yet the options for…See More
Sep 10, 2014
 

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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Facing Valentine's Day: 5 Tips for Widows

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

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…

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A Guide for Widows on Acknowledging Condolences

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 11:39am 0 Comments

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…

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Give a Little, Get a Lot: What Volunteering Offers to Widows

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:10pm 2 Comments

Q. A friend of mine, a widow like myself, volunteers at a soup kitchen every year at holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m thinking of joining her, but I’ve never volunteered before. What do you think?

A Chinese proverb advises, “If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.” I’ve found that to be true and I know many other widows who have added meaning to their lives through volunteer…

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Remembering When Your Husband Died

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

Q. Why don’t people remember the anniversary of my husband’s death? Even my husband’s sister and brother don’t seem to be aware of it or mark it in any way. It bothers me that he’s forgotten. What are your thoughts?

My "take" is that this is a very private anniversary — and when others forget the date it does not mean they are forgetting your husband — or you. Sometimes people think mentioning the subject would…

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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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