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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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Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Boston Marathon Runner/Photo: Adrianne Haslet-Davis

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Hailey Ford, Homeless Advocate at 9, Believes “Everyone should have a place to live.”

What an amazing young architect-builder! Hailey Ford decided she would make a shelter for Edward, a homeless man, so that he would be protected from bad weather.

9-Year-Old Hailey Ford Builds Shelters for Homeless/huffingtonpost.com

Her project, says Cameron Keady at the Huffington Post, has grown to 11 shelters she hopes to build in Bremerton, Washington with the aid of a $3,000 grant she’s recently received.

We understand she has a garden she tends to give food to needy people as well.  Hats off to Hailey for being so industrious and caring!

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Lisa Lovatt-Smith, author Who Knows Tomorrow--Photo; Book Cover, Random House

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#likeagirl reaction/huffingtonpost.com

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Womens Earnings/aauw.org

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Sonja Hinrichsen Walks in Winter Snow Designing Wondrous Art

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Sonja Hinrichsen Snow Art/HuffPost, photo by Sonja Hinrichsen

An HuffPost article by Katherine Brooks reports that these beautiful creations can take up to a few days to complete with the help of up to 60 volunteers. From an airplane, they transform a landscape into a fascinating confluence of images.

You can view more of these remarkable land paintings or, as she calls them, “interventions in the environment,” on her website.  If you have the opportunity to see them in person, look quickly. They disappear when the snow drifts or temperatures rise and live on only in her photographs.

Photo: Courtesy Sonja Hinrichsen

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Hibaaq Osman--head of Karama

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