The ABC's of Widowhood

by Pat Nowak



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/21/2003

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781410747266
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781410747259

About the Book

One morning you get a call-- your husband has been killed by an uninsured motorist.  You are instantly alone, saddled with debt, bombarded with questions, required to make decisions, and completely clueless about most of what it takes to manage personal and family affairs. And if that wasn't enough, eighteen days later your home burns to the ground, destroying the remains of your sanctuary.

If this seems like a harrowing, mind numbing situation to you, imagine how it feels to the 700,000 women, who join the existing 11.3 million over the age of 15, to become new widows each year in this country.  A few are prepared, some are able to cope, but for most, their time of personal anguish becomes a living, overwhelming hell. It needn't be that way.

The ABC's of Widowhood is a book that every woman should read before she is widowed and which every widow needs at her side when the time comes.  Written by a woman whose life was turned upside down by her husband's sudden death, it the voice of experience in an easy to read, easy to access alphabetical format. Pat Nowak, a successful public relations executive, thought she had a handle on her life. She discovered how unprepared she really was.

No widow has the time, or the inclination, to wade through the text of the numerous books out there today written by psychologists or financial writers to find the answer that she needs.  The ABC's give her direct, honest, and succinct answers.  One doesn't have to "read the book", you can simply look up the answers by topic as the questions arise.  This is not a book in the traditional sense; it is a dictionary for living.

Besides practical advice, a new widow needs solace and hope. The ABC's of Widowhood brings her that with first hand, anecdotal messages about the feelings a new widow finds herself feeling - or not feeling.  It allows her to take comfort in the fact that others have had exactly the same feelings - or lack of feelings - and that their experience is a perfectly normal part of life and the healing process.

Most women will become widows. This book can make their transition easier.

About the Author

Pat Nowak is a Toledo native, one of the four daughters of Robert and Hedwig Stack.

Her career as a fashion director for two local department chains, the owner of a Public Relations firm and her subsequent position at Seaway Food Town Supermarkets have allowed her access to the highly visible world of broadcast and print media. She has been a media spokesperson for over twenty years, directed and  co-hosted a highly visible morning radio talk show, written, produced and appeared in company advertising and for televised preview shows.

Her journalism career began out of necessity. Suddenly, as new widow, fluent in writing press materials and a Lifestyles column, she searched for something readable that could help her grieving soul.  Finding great stories about personal triumph helped but there was little that addressed precisely and with clarity what every new widow faces.  Thus The ABC's of Widowhood came about, the help all women over the age of forty (widowed or not) need to get their emotional and financial worlds in balance.  The book celebrates the spirit of hope and allows a woman to discover the path to being reborn through perseverance, courage and determination.

Pat's family includes son Martin (Heather), daughter Laura Nowak-Glover (Douglas) and grandchildren Liam Casimir and Rae Isabella.  She resides in Holland, Ohio.