Widow To Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas For Rebuilding Your Life

Widow To Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas For Rebuilding Your Life

by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg


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From a widow and therapist, a guide to life after losing a husband, with reflections on grief and practical advice

In this remarkably useful guide, widow, author, and therapist Genevieve Davis Ginsburg offers fellow widows—as well as their family and friends—sage advice for coping with the loss of a husband. From learning to travel and eat alone to creating new routines to surviving the holidays and anniversaries that reopen emotional wounds, Ginsburg give guidance on:

  • Dealing with anger and guilt
  • Maintaining family relationships
  • Dating after widowhood
  • Handling money
  • Responding to others' support
  • And more
Widow to Widow walks readers through the challenges of widowhood and encourages them on their path to building a new life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738209968
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/16/2004
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 39,229
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

The late Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, M.S., founded Widowed to Widowed Services, a support group in Tucson, Arizona. She received the Jefferson Award and the Arizona Governor's Award for her social service.

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Widow to Widow : Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am now placing another order to have "Widow to Widow" on hand when an appropriate instance arises and another new widow needs some calming insight. This book has given me much needed insight into how to help my mother cope with her sudden singleness. Ginsburg's empathy (she herself was unprepared for widowhood) and intelligence (her prose isn't rife with the self-help jargon that doesn't come naturally to many of us) permeate each insightful page. She details not only the facts of widowhood (living alone, eating alone, suriving alone) but also includes personal commentary that places her words in much-needed context. I will purchase copies for my mother and sister, and I believe that they will now begin to understand that it's "okay" to feel anger, and sadness, and hopelessness. Ginsburg validates one's feelings, and no one else has been able to do that for me/us yet. This is a very special book. I find the emptiness overwhelming at times and picking up this book (between counseling sessions) is a great boost to my sense of where I am now.        
Toni22 More than 1 year ago
I was widowed at the age of 57 - my husband Glenn was 58 when he died which is similar to Genevieve's experience. As widows know it takes awhile to focus long enough to read but I encourage new widows to read it as soon as you think you can focus. There are parts where I felt she was looking over my shoulder and writing about my experiences. Like all "how to survive" books - there are parts that didn't apply to me but most of it did. It even helped me to teach others how to act or react to a friend who suddenly loses her past and her future. For instance saying "I'm here for you - just give me a call - let me know if you need anything" puts the responsibility on the widow to first know what she needs and to contact the person. Rather Genevieve tells us to be specific with something like - "I'd like to come over on Tuesday with dinner." I found myself saying to my family that it frustrates me when people say just call if you need anything - I didn't know what I needed - "do you want to take out my trash, can you bring my husband back, can you change my future." This book helped me cope and understand that they are just trying to help but they don't know what to do either. I appreciated this book so much that I sent it to my friend who recently lost her husband at the age of 58. Is there something magical about that number 58? Anyway, it is a good resource and I highly recommend it.
jspur More than 1 year ago
I lost my husband at age 46 and felt so lost and so overwhelmed at what I needed to do. This book not only helped to explain some of the feelings and things I had already gone through, but it also prepared me for things that were still to come. Widow to widow lists many tips and explanations on things you will go through that most people don't even think about...like removing your wedding rings permanently or cleaning out the closets. This book doesn't just take you through the grieving process but continues on to give you the hope and confidence you need to move on in your life and make it become whatever you want it to be. I was so encouraged by this book that I not only recommend it, but I have found that it is one of the best gifts I can give to any of my friends or family that suffer the loss of their loved one.
RRZ More than 1 year ago
This is the book I wish had been written when I was widowed at age 40. It covers so much of what the widow goes through beginning with the death and through the grieving process. It is not necessarily a "grief" book, it is a "how to survive now that I am no longer a wife" book. I have given this book to others who have lost a husband.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased my first Widow to Widow book 14 Years ago after the unexpected sudden death of my husband at 50 years old. It helped me to make sense of all my feelings. I have since purchased and given copies to 6 friends after the death of their husbands. It is not a fun club to be a member of, the Widow Club. But I am a widow and understand what others are going through. I recommend Widow to Widow to anyone grieving. And looking for comfort , understanding and guidance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for widows. Through my experience I found that this book helped me understand the process of losing my spouse.
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