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