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Some ideas for meeting people include meet-up groups and clubs with sporting activities. They might have events on those “tough” holidays such as Valentine’s Day. Because of the challenges that exist today, take your time and be sure you are ready to take the first steps toward romance and friendship following the loss of your husband. These types of experiences as a widow prompted and inspired us (co-author Doug Robinson and myself) to write The Not Just a Widow Guidebook. When the loss first occurs, you are so overwhelmed you don’t know which way to turn. Doug and I thought it would be beneficial to widows to assist them in their journey. All my struggles and of course (stories) could help. It also shows you are not alone. Widowhood is a sisterhood. The book is tailored to discuss things such as fog brain, briefly about grief, and provide all the resources needed at this troubling time. There is even space for a journal. Writing can help release pain. Widows find themselves transforming. Since the book has been written to assist widows for years, it is a perfect way for a business like a funeral home to routinely remind the widow and everyone she shows it to where she got the book. This provides years of exposure to the funeral home. In today’s ever-changing and fast-paced world, this guidebook sticks around. We provided tools to assist widows with By Patty Desiderio Not Just A Widow Patty Desiderio is co-founder of Not Just a Widow LLC. She co-authored The Not Just a Widow Guidebook with Doug Robinson, who has provided over 25 years of guidance and counsel on personal financial planning to widowed clients. Patty is motivated by her own experience as a widow. After her husband Basil died in 2011, she had to navigate the unique hurdles of widowhood. She often wondered why there weren’t more resources for widows and why everyone was so reluctant to talk about something that affects millions of women. She knew she could help her fellow widows. The Not Just A Widow Guidebook, available on Amazon.com, is a guide for widows and the people who love them. BULK SALE DISCOUNT — 10 books for $200! The Not Just A Widow Guidebook makes a great giveaway for your aftercare or outreach program! Contact Patty directly at patty.desiderio@notjustawidow.com. If you’re looking to provide a local educational workshop and generate significant social media buzz, you need the Widow’s Identity Transformation Workshop. It’s an honest look at how a widow’s world is up-ended and tips she and others can use to cope. Both NotJustAWidow.com and Facebook page Not Just a Widow LLC, are excellent resources for widows looking for guidance. Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes Celebrates 150 Years al and established funeral homes in Central Minnesota are convenient and familiar to the various communities. Each site offers unique environments and provides multiple options for gathering and celebrating a life. Staff consultants and directors bring years of experience and knowledge, welcoming and guiding families to create and fulfill the desires of loved ones. “We have a strong reputation that we’ve built over the years along with a dedication to community service. We’ve grown and remained successful due to the attention to detail and high level of service,” Doug says. Continued from Page A19 of Arts in Health Information Administration and a 1995 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, Sauk Rapids Chamber, Zonta International, Minnesota Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Selected Independent Funeral Directors, and Minnesota Coalition for Death Education. Today, Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes has grown and expanded to accommodate all desires and budgets. “We are very fortunate to have become deeply involved in the pre-planning, development, facilitating, celebrating and aftercare for thousands of individual lives. Serving generations of the same family is such an honor,” says Doug. The nine local individuSEND US YOUR NEWS! PO Box 5159, Youngstown, Oh 44514 1-800-321-7479 info@nomispublications.com Your Real Source. Anywhere. Anytime. nomispublications.com