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TWE RADIO: Author Laurie Burrows Grad On Grief, Widowhood and Recovering from Loss

Author Laurie Burrows Grad On Grief, Widowhood and Recovering from Tragic Loss

The Joke’s Over, You Can Come Back Now — How This Widow Plowed Through Grief and Survived

Author Laurie Burrows Grad On Grief, Widowhood and Recovering from Tragic Loss, talks to Stacey Gualandi about her new book “The Joke’s Over, You Can Come Back Now — How This Widow Plowed Through Grief and Survived”

Laurie Burrows Grad author and husband Peter/Photo: Courtesy Laurie Burrows Grad

Laurie Burrows Grad and Peter Grad at Night at Sardi’s fundraiser, 2005/Photo: Alex Berliner©Berliner Studio/BEImages

By Stacey Gualandi/May 2, 2018

We have a  BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio that you will not want to miss!

The Joke's Over, You Can Come Back Now: By Laurie Burrows GradFood writer and cookbook author Laurie Burrows Grad has written an emotional memoir, The Joke’s Over, You Can Come Back Now — How This Widow Plowed Through Grief and Survived,and candidly shares her heartbreaking journey from “normal” to “acceptably different” with honesty and her well-known sense of humor in tact.

Burrows Grad and Peter, her husband of 47 years, shared a tremendous bond; theirs was a true love story. “We called each other five times a day!” When Peter died suddenly in 2015, Burrows Grad was thrust into widowhood, the life she knew forever altered.

My parents were also soulmates who were married 47 years when my father died over 8 years ago. I wanted to read this book in order to better understand not only how Burrows Grad coped in the wake of her tragic loss, but also to help my mother accept the grief she still feels.

Inspired and encouraged to journal by Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg, who also lost her husband David unexpectedly, Burrows Grad wrote a blog for Huffington Post titled Demoted to Lunch in reference to a shift in her social status as a widow.

Laurie Burrows Grad and husband Peter, Wedding Day/Photo: Courtesy Laurie Burrows Grad

Laurie and Peter on their wedding day/1968

The post went viral, which led to three years full of articles (earning her the new moniker “Grief Blogger”) and ultimately this book.

Burrows Grad said writing about the taboo topic of grief gave her an unexpected mission:

“Creating meaning from loss is my resurrection from the debris of my heartache.”

With The Joke’s Over… she provides the ultimate grief toolbox of tips, the “3 H’s: Honesty, Humor — and Chutzpah,” and even the daunting challenge of dating (as Laurie calls it, “dumpster diving!”)

And while she will never lose the connection to her dear husband, Burrows Grad devotes a chapter to You Know You’re Getting Better When

This is one of the definitive self-help guides on grief as “the great equalizer” for widows of any age and will be a great aid for anyone suffering a difficult loss.

Laurie’s Website

Twitter: LaurieGrad

Our House Grief Support Center

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Author Sukey Forbes Shares Her Story of Mid-Life Reinvention

Sukey Forbes – Author of The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death.

Sukey Forbes – Author of The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death.

Sukey Forbes – The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death – Dealing with Grief

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NEW INTERVIEW WITH HOST STACEY GUALANDI!

A BRAND NEW interview with Sukey Forbes, author of “The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss and Life After Death,” on The Women’s Eye Radio with host Stacey Gualandi.

Sukey advocates for her special cause of helping people deal with the process of grief, and is among a group of women featured in the newly released “20 Women Changemakers: Taking Action Around the World” who are making a difference across the globe.

We first profiled Sukey here in 2014 following the release of her memoir, a candid and emotional journey of a mother’s grief following the sudden death of her 6-year-old daughter Charlotte.

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“The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death”

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Sukey Forbes,
playing polo

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Now Sukey is recapturing the joy of life with two new writing projects on mid-life reinvention. She tries to answer the question: “What does one do when they gaze into the second act of their life and want to make it a true adventure for learning, expanding, and loving?”

You’ll be surprised to hear what Sukey is doing now for her second act.

Listen to Sukey Forbes’ Interview and more TWE Interviews from The Women’s Eye Radio Show on iTunes.

Author Carole Brody Fleet On Changing The Face Of Widowhood

Carole Brodoy Fleet

By Stacey Gualandi

On Facebook: widowswearstilettos
On Twitter: widowsstilettos

In 2000, Carole Brody Fleet lost her beloved husband Mike after a two-year battle with ALS. In an instant she was on her own, broke, raising an 11-year-old daughter… and a widow at only 40.

“The face of widowhood is not what everybody thinks. It’s women in their teens, 20’s and beyond…” Carole Brody Fleet

But she wasn’t alone. When she realized that widows wear stilettos too, not just black, she set out to help anyone feeling the emotional shock and devastation of widowhood. Her book “Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for the Young Widow” provides a comforting, informative guide – with just a hint of humor – to those widowed too soon.

Carole Brody Fleet

Carole’s book

Now her book and website inspire 3 -4 thousand letters and emails every month from widows all around the world.

Don’t miss The Women’s Eye Radio Show interview with Carole on Sept. 10 at 10AM PST 1480KPHX.com and the rebroadcast Sept. 11 at 3P PST.

Carole and I share similar experiences, having both lost our fathers to cancer in our early 40’s.

But I also wanted to reach out to her to understand my mother’s loss, and what it means to move forward after losing your spouse, your confidante and your best friend… [Read more…]