Introducing Bonnie Merryfield, author of So Now You’re a Widow: Tips, Advice, and Stories from Widows to Widows

“This was a wonderful experience, and all the assistance I received was greatly appreciated.”

Bonnie Merryfield was married for 44 years before being widowed in May 2018. A retired high school English teacher, she is passionate about encouraging other widows to lead rich and productive lives. She enjoys socializing, exercising, and writing, and resides in Wisconsin and Florida.

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Book description…

Are You A New Widow? Here’s What You Need to Know! This warm, conversational, easily digestible book is for widows-women over 50 who are beginning new lives without their husbands. In So Now You’re a Widow, the author and the 34 women she interviewed share what they wish they had known when they became widowed. As one of the women commented, “People tell you how to decorate your home, drive a car, train your dog, and plan a wedding, but no one tells you how to be a widow.” The women frankly share their advice and experiences on 26 topics, including: finding your inner strength, the one-size-does-not-fit-all grieving process, dealing with social invitations, changes in family dynamics, handling finances, choosing how you’re going to live your life. Plus, a journal section at the end of each chapter allows the reader to personalize what she has read and to gain insight into how she’s dealing with her situation. The women who contributed to this book care deeply about other widowed women and want them to understand that what they are experiencing is normal and has been experienced in one form or another by others. You are not alone!

Introducing Gregory L. Pollock, author of Pennies From Josh: Stories of a Father Dealing with the Death of His Only Son

“I want to say that Outskirts did a great job on the book. Everyone I worked with was fantastic and very patient with an old man with little computer skills. I am very happy with the outcome. Thank you very much.”

Mr. Pollock spent most of his adult life as a truck driver. A mostly simple and uneventful life like most of us. He was reluctantly thrust into the role of author after the death of his son. This is a book he felt compelled to write in an attempt to help others dealing with this particular form of grief.

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Book description…

These are the stories that represent a bond between father and son that even death couldn’t break. They are stories of a form of after-death communication that helped me survive and cope with the death of my only son. Losing a child is a traumatic experience that is unnatural in the order of things and something you never “get over,” you just learn to cope.