Ever since Joan Didion’s book “The Year of Magical Thinking” began its long run as a best seller in 2005, a number of first-person accounts of losing a husband have been published. Among them are Kate Braestrup’s “Here If You Need Me,” Anne Roiphe’s “Epilogue” and Kay Redfield Jamison’s “Nothing Was the Same.” This week, they are being joined by Joyce Carol Oates’s memoir “A Widow’s Story,” which recounts the death of her 77-year-old husband, Raymond Smith, from complications of pneumonia in 2008.
This guide gives vulnerable people easy-to-use tools to protect their money, and avoiding or dealing with crooks and crooked business.
This book help to deal with the formalities as straightforward and simple as possible. Presenting different options in a clear and logical manner, it allows you to make your own choices rather than being swept along by events.
When Sue Walker's dad died in January, she immediately began planning his services -- for July.
To honor her father, former Minneapolis Police Chief Jerry Lutz, Walker and far-flung family members will play some golf and cards, drink some scotch and "call it a day," she said.
"If we can have everybody here and do something he loved, it will be more of a tribute," Walker said.
Although some funeral experts suggest immediate services to help in the grieving process, more families are waiting weeks or even months to hold memorials.
Each chapter helps readers explore different aspects of grief, such as denial, ritual, remembering, mourning a stranger, and anniversary "aftershocks".
There is also a DVD entitled "What to do when someone dies", that covers much of the same material and acts as a visual reinforcement to this book.
Milton Berry Scott is an estate planning attorney since 1972.
What is grief?
When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief.
How much kids can understand about death depends largely on their age, life experiences, and personality. But there are a few important points to remember in all cases.