Completed just before her untimely death, this powerful book provides solace, guidance, and direction for widows everywhere. Drawing from her own experiences, Caine outlines practical suggestions for coping with the devastating loss: finding a confidant; turning to bereavement counseling; helping children adjust through strategies she suggests. Throughout, she emphasizes tCompleted just before her untimely death, this powerful book provides solace, guidance, and direction for widows everywhere. Drawing from her own experiences, Caine outlines practical suggestions for coping with the devastating loss: finding a confidant; turning to bereavement counseling; helping children adjust through strategies she suggests. Throughout, she emphasizes the need for each woman to rebuild her shattered life in her own way. Corroborating and amplifying her advice are poignant, candid notes from people inspired by her writing, lectures, and media appearances. Caine's direct, articulate writing, full of compassion and understanding, assure a large readership for this special book. Carol R. Glatt, Northeastern Hospital of Philadelphia Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc....
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I didn't think much of the widow herself; I was shocked with one particular section where she hints at having sex with another man as her husband lay dying in a hospital, and I kept going back to it. "Next thing I knew, I was in bed with him," and I just shake my head in dismay. Surely, I must be reading this incorrectly. Surely she left the man's bed and went back to her husband's bedside. This might have been a groundbreaking book in the 70's but the idea that widows go a little crazy and might call an old flame up and ask for help or write to a rich man and ask for $500,000 because she is a "poor widow" just made me cringe. I am sorry to learn that the author died of cancer herself within 15 years of becoming a widow, but this book was NOT written shortly before her death, as the description states. It was an updated widow book that was released shortly after she died.
I find solace in well-written autobiographies by flawed, frank people with only partial insight into their own lives. I think, "Hey, I'm not as self-absorbed, self-pitying, and self-congratulatory as this!" In a way, Lynn Caine is a literary, middle-class '70s antecedent to "Real Housewives of New York." In "Widow," she stands naked before us, open to letting us see her, warts and all, as she recklessly navigates the time leading up to and following her husband's early death from cancer. Whether she's brave or a narcissist is your call. I found her diverting.Found in makeshift lending library on street in Charleston, SC.
Published back in 1974, this is the first book of its kind to be published on the experience of widowhood. When Lynn's husband Martin died, she was left alone to raise two young children on her meager income. She went through what most widows go through, and she was honest enought to write about it for the world to read. She later called it the "how not to" book on being a widow, since she made all the mistakes. Honest and open, a necessary read even today, for anyone facing widowhood.
Reading this book has helped me out many times over the decades. When my mother's husband died after months of fighting cancer, the knowledge I had gained from reading Lynn Csaine's experiences readied me for my mom's craziness. Crazy is normal, I learned. When I faced a divorce, I knew I would have to protect my life from my own nuttiness. Having traveled that road before me, she provides signposts-- and stories from the front.
written in the early 70s, but just as valid today, this is a painfully honest memoir by a young mother who loses her husband to cancer. She bravely shows the "ugly" side of grief and provides an account of her experience and, finally, hope and optimism for the future. A good read, I think, for any couple. Lots to think about here.
I liked the book better than I liked her. Her voice and attitudes throughout irritated me, but the book is well-paced and clearly written--something not always present.
I read this book long before I was a widow. I'm glad I had because it alerted me to the stages of emotional turmoil I'd experience.
this was a good book it was interesting but also sad