Saturday-night Widows

Saturday-night Widows

The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

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Six marriages, six heartbreaks, one shared beginning. In her forties -- a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role -- Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas...
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780385360944
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (11 hr., 54 min., 40 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Lee, Ann Marie


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Librarian_Deb Jun 12, 2017

The author was widowed young and found herself not fitting it with the traditional sort of widows group. She got tired of being handed information about the stages of grief and decided to branch out and form her own kind of support group. She wanted the focus of the group to be on living and trying new experiences. So she started asking around and meeting with potential members. That leads to the first meeting of the "Saturday Night Widows" - a meeting where she is fraught with anxiety about how the whole project is going to go. However after some initial awkwardness, the group begins to become just what she had believed it would be - a place for women to shed their "widow's weeds" and encourage one another as they face life solo. This book is a chronicle of their first year, and I felt truly privileged to hear the remarkable stories of these women and how they tackled overcoming the enormous losses in their lives. I felt like I learned a bit about life and grieving from their experiences, as I laughed, cried, and ruminated over what it means to take the best pieces of the past forward into the future. I highly recommend this book to anyone, and most especially those who have struggled with a great loss.

Sep 14, 2013

Remarkably wise on surviving the death of a husband, not immediately, but a bit later in the process. I recommend it.

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