“Moving Forward on Your Own”
by Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D., CFP
A husband’s death is possibly the most devastating event a woman will experience. She might wonder if she will be able to make it on her own. She may feel overwhelmed and not know what to do next without her partner. Kathleen’s guidebook helps widows be more confident, knowledgeable and secure about their money matters. The book integrates basic financial information with self-reflective exercises that encourage financial self-assurance. Kathleen is honest about her own struggles as a widow, and she holds empathy for others. This unique guidebook is presented in a beautiful format, to help heal a woman’s soul as well as gently focus on money matters. The book is not intended to teach women everything about money and financial planning immediately. When someone is emotionally overwhelmed, it s not wise to overload one’s focus. Rather, widows are invited to begin looking at their money issues and then take actions in a way that builds confidence . . . as they transition into a new financial life on their own. This book may be used independently, in a collaborative approach with a professional, or in a group with facilitated conversation (such as a widow’s support group, congregation class, or a women s community gathering). It’s also an appropriate gift book for a widowed friend or family member.