A modern, essential how-to guide offering tips on what to say (and NOT to say), and specific ways to support and love a friend, co-worker or family member who is coping with cancer, loss or any crisis. Kim Hamer became a widow after her 44-year old husband lost his life to cancer. Their children were […]
Books Written by People Widowed in this Way
This collection of books were written by a person whose loved one experienced the type of death noted for the category on which the book is included. The topics covered are varied, but will relate to some aspect of the widowed experience. A mix of titles from all categories will be included in this section of our book library, and have not in all cases been individually vetted by the Soaring Spirits Program Team.
Written by a widower after his wife’s death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments”.
A Journal for Jordan is a tender introduction, a loving good-bye, a reporter’s inquiry into her soldier’s life, and a heartrending reminder of the human cost of war.
A practical guide for navigating grief, trauma and traumatic loss. Features 26 powerful, research-based tips and tools for healing and includes helpful suggestions from others living with profound loss.
On September 11, 2001, Marian Fontana lost her husband, Dave, a firefighter from the elite Squad 1 in Brooklyn, in the World Trade Center attack. A Widow’s Walk begins that fateful morning, when Marian, a playwright and comedienne, became a widow, a single mother, and an unlikely activist.
It was August 7, 2009 ,when the doctor stood at the foot of the hospital bed and with a deliberation that was both efficient and compassionate, looked directly at David Hallman and his partner Bill Conklin and said, Our diagnosis is pancreatic cancer, stage four. In his thoughtful and deeply personal memoir, David Hallman narrates the sixteen […]
How do ordinary people cope after a loved one is killed due to gun violence? It’s a question that more than 30,000 families must face every year in America. In this gripping book, survivors, friends, and family members discuss their lives from the moment their worlds were turned upside down by guns. In their own […]
With warmth, hilarity, and a tendency to overshare, Streeter gives us real talk about love, loss, grief, and healing in your own way.
Love. Loss. Hope. Repeat. Life for Autumn Toelle-Jackson started out on a happy and ordinary timeline. When she entered her thirties, however, tragedy made up for lost time. Over the span of a few short years, she endured several miscarriages and the loss of her husband, a dear cousin, and child.
In 1974, Paul Monette met Roger Horwitz, the man with whom he would share more than a decade of his life. In 1986, Roger died of complications from AIDS. Borrowed Time traces this love story from start to tragic finish. At a time when the medical community was just beginning to understand this mysterious and […]
With fearlessness and grace, Bough Down reports from deep inside the maelstrom of grief. In this profoundly beautiful and intensely moving lament, artist and writer Karen Green conjures the inscrutable space of love and loss, clarity and contradiction, sense and madness. She summons memory and the machination of the interior mind with the emotional acuity […]
Miller documents her adventures in this gritty, tender and surprisingly humorous memoir about the places loss can take us. Follow her on forty-six of her most memorable and cringe-worth dates as she copes with the harsh reality of the modern social-media-infused dating scene and the inevitability of her insurmountable grief.
Vivid description of loss that captures the contradictory, wrenching, and chaotic emotions of grief. Each chapter stands on its own in describing her husband’s sudden death.
Involuntarily single. That’s the true story of where Catherine Tidd found herself just three weeks after turning thirty-one. With three children under six years old, no fix-it skills, no clue how to live life as a widow and coping with grief after the death of her spouse, Catherine couldn’t help but be a little exasperated […]
Grief is often perceived as a dark and lonely journey; as a result, it is a topic we avoid in today’s society.¬ Within a 20-month period, Elizabeth Berrien endured the loss of her stillborn son and the subsequent death of her husband on active duty in Afghanistan. She found herself a 27-year-old widow whose life […]
A moving account of the experience of serious illness, death, grieving, and spiritual presence.
Each chapter includes powerful exercises in self-inquiry and reflection, along with step-by-step guidance for writing one’s own heroic story of healing.
A cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.
Award-winning author and grief recovery expert, Carole Brody Fleet follows up the critically acclaimed: Widows Wear Stilettos with the aptly-titled, Happily Even After, the first and only book of its kind; answering the most common questions that the widowed generally have both immediately following a spouse’s death as well as months and even years thereafter. […]
Healthy Healing addresses the physical, mental, and emotional effects of grief in a way that no other book in the category has ever done, offering a 12-week plan that empowers you to work through loss by using the power of exercise and endorphins, and rediscovering happiness by strengthening body, mind and spirit through fitness.
The true story of a journey from grief to faith to happiness as the author holds her family together in the wake of her husband’s death and pursues his dream of becoming a minister.
Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we help others who have endured tragedy.
Captures the heart–from the extraordinary closeness of Elaine’s marriage to how she and Vic transform their struggle with cancer and despair into a conscious relationship mortality.
Offers validation and a down-to-earth style sure to resonate with widows – young and old. A moving collection of heartfelt letters is laced with practical advice and gives insights into the lives and struggles of those who have lost a spouse or partner.
Life Without Lisa is a “must read” for anyone who has lost someone dear through death. Author Rich Ballo bares his soul in this brutally honest account of being cast adrift in an ocean of emptiness, anger, and guilt. Lisa was the love of his life, and inventor and successful entrepreneur, a beacon of light to […]
Focuses on the steps to recovering the joy of living in a brave and touching story filled with the humor, compassion, and practical skills when grieving the loss of a loved partner.
The whine of the sirens pierced deeply into my soul. After a tragic one-car accident, a young mother catapults from an idyllic life to one filled with grief and uncertainty. By listening to the guiding whispers within her, Kim Kluxen Meredith’s journey from unfathomable heartache to a life once again filled with love and laughter […]
After losing two sisters, a best friend, and her thirty-seven-year-old husband, Lyne shares her incredible testimony of how God has not only kept her, but ultimately used every event to bless others.
When grief is the form your love takes, where do you turn? Do you escape, or enter, the loneliness, the emptiness, the pain? How much, how slowly, how fast? It’s a blessing when someone can help you feel your own way through what only your heart can process. That blessing is what Paul Bennett somehow […]
When journalist Beth Howard’s young husband dies suddenly, she packs up the RV he left behind and hits the American highways. At every stop along the way—be it filming a pie documentary or handing out free slices on the streets of Los Angeles—Beth uses pie as a way to reach out and find purpose. Making […]
Gives you a front row seat into the grief tsunami that busted through her young and happy marriage, shattering her world to pieces, and stealing the only life she knew.
My Steve is a biographical account of Terri Irwin’s life with her late husband, the zoo owner and television personality Steve Irwin.
A story of grief, male friendship, and healing conversations. “Be present,” “cherish each day,” “always say I love you.”
From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
Insightful and helpful book written in a modified poetry format which accurately describes grief and provides the reader with helpful insights and strategies for moving through loss.
One of the most stressful and traumatic events a person can face is the death of a spouse. It happened to Gloria Lenhart suddenly when her husband Nick, only forty-four years old, dropped dead while jogging. Planet Widow is the story of her struggle to negotiate motherhood, family, and career in a world that is […]
Chronicles Saltzman’s saga as a two-time cancer survivor who lost her entire family in a small-plane crash and her resilience in her changed life. Enriched by letters to the author interwoven with narrative throughout the book.
In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, Becky Aikman—a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role—forms an unlikely group with five other young widows, each seeking a way forward in a strange and disquieting world.
Caring guide explains the process of being widowed and ways to move through loss.
Smacked, a brilliant and moving memoir of Eilene’s shocking discovery, one that sets her on a journey to find out how a man she knew for nearly thirty years became a drug addict, hiding it so well that neither she nor anyone else in his life suspected what was happening. Eilene discovers that Peter led […]
The day Valerie found out she was pregnant with her second child was the day her husband died. He’d fallen asleep driving. She didn’t know how to be a widow. Widows were old, with bunions. Not 26, and pregnant.
Suicide Widow is about a young woman who has struggled her whole life with adversities and was forced into widowhood at 28 years old. This book touches on suicide, grief, broken families, addiction, depression and anxiety, abandonment, death, and the awfulness of people during trauma and tragedy.
Carter’s husband died in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and this is the story of the author’s journey from utter shock and emptiness to inner calm and wholeness as a single mother.
Miguel Barron was living what he thought was the perfect life–married to the love of his life, with two healthy young boys, until his life took an unexpected turn.The Boxer’s Corner is an intensely raw account of one man’s struggle to save his wife from metastatic breast cancer. His account reveals with crushing sincerity the emotional […]
The author’s wife died of cancer. This book weaves a scientist’s understanding of the mind — its logic, its nuance, how we think about what makes a person — with a poet’s approach to humanity.
Five discussions to have with the dying who are living.
Everyone facing death–their own or a loved one’s–benefits from this love story and practical guide in one.
Sara Seager has always been in love with the stars: so many lights in the sky, so much possibility. Now a pioneering planetary scientist, she searches for exoplanets—especially that distant, elusive world that sustains life. But with the unexpected death of Seager’s husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. […]
A compilation of my writings on grief and loss, this book is my heart’s translation of my many conversations with grief.
My name is Heather and this is my story. It follows me from marrying my best friend and succeeding through an infertility struggle, to becoming a widow and ultimately a single mother. This is the journal of my life after losing the love of my life to mental illness and suicide. My hope is to […]
Knoll’s The Widower’s Journey tackles tough questions and provides advice on many topics and breaks down barriers that block men in their journeys to recovery. He encourages men to seek out the fellowship of other widowers, and he provides resources that men need to move forward.
Didion attempts to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea she had about death, illness, and marriage following the sudden death of her husband.
Matt and Liz Logelin were high-school sweethearts. The pair settled together in Los Angeles and they had it all: the perfect marriage, a beautiful new home, and a baby girl on the way. But just 27 hours after they welcomed Madeline into the world, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and instantly died, without ever holding […]
Revealing and unexpectedly hopeful quest through the early stages of widowhood. A sequel of sorts to her debut memoir “Boys, Booze, and Bathroom Floors”.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his […]
Another journey into the mind of a young widower, a sequel to his first book “Widowed. Rants, Raves,and Randoms”.
Author takes you on a journey into the life of a young widower in this unique and eclectic book.
It is important to note that each widower’s experience is unique. There will be common threads and shared experiences, but each must find their own path. We must learn from each other, to realize that we are not going crazy, and to know that we can survive this experience.
Deals sensitively with the many problems and questions facing the young widow: depression and grief, helping children cope, facing in-laws, and returning to work.
“Some days I think that if I didn’t have “Grayson” tattooed on my wrist, I’d never believe that it happened. When I think back on the girl who went through everything in this book…I cannot believe she faced and tackled so many fires and wars and still came out on the other side.” When Rachel […]
From Patrick Swayze’s widow—the moving, New York Times bestselling account of grief, loss, caregiving, and moving on, with touching stories from their final months together.
Two months pregnant with their third child, Matt’s wife, Lisa, discovers her cancer had returned. A few months later, Lisa’s mother finds out her cancer resurfaced as well. Wife, mother-in-law, and baby are all in danger. “Yes, and…” is a true story based on a journal Matt kept during a nine-month period to help understand […]
When FOX11’s weather anchor Maria Quiban Whitesell’s husband Sean was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer, she was completely unprepared. How would she possibly explain what was happening to their young son, Gus? How should she respond when people ask inappropriate questions? What about just dealing with the details of the […]