“On Your Own”

by Alexandra Armstrong, CFP, CMFC and Mary R. Donahue, PH.D.

On Your Own Does Not Mean All Alone. In the completely updated and revised edition of this best-selling classic, the authors share the stories of four widows of different ages and circumstances whose road to recovery illustrates how to best achieve emotional and financial well-being. They provide practical tools and knowledge for widows to move forward and emerge stronger–from coping with grief and loss and organizing finances to understanding investments and developing a long-term plan.
This book shows how to:
* React to your loss
* Deal with grief and your emotional needs
* Develop psychological and financial support systems
* Control your financial future
* Protect your investments
* Emerge stronger to build a new life

The authors firmly believe that there is an essential connection between both financial and psychological well-being. The stories combined with the practical and easy-to-follow advice based on the author’s years of experience working with widows, will guide readers step-by-step through this very difficult process.
Additional Praise for Fifth and Previous Editions of On Your Own:”Widowhood leaves one questioning how they can go on. ‘On Your Own: A Widow’s Passage to Emotional and Financial Well-being’ discusses the challenges of facing life by oneself, but not alone. Alexandra Armstrong & Mary R. Donahue provide a powerful and much recommended read for those who are coping with loss, trying to manage their finances, and preparing themselves for the rest of their life. ‘On your Own’ is a top pick for inspirational and motivational collections.” -Small Press Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review

“For all who have asked ‘What do I do now?’ or ‘Who can help me…?’ I recommend On Your Own…the authors lead the reader through important topics often thought to be too intimidating or too confusing for someone wrought with fear and sadness.” –Edward Jay Beckwith, Estate Planning Attorney 

“On Your Own is more than a financial planning guide. It is also a guide for surviving the emotional rite of passage that surviving spouses must endure. On Your Own is a sensitive and practical work about a necessary but painful period in the life of widow. Widowers should read it also.” –Bureau of National Affairs 
“On Your Own confronts the subject with intelligence and compassion. From facing your initial reactions through rebuilding your life, the authors deal with difficult issues clearly and realistically. This is a thoughtful and reliable book to help anyone through the shock and confusion of widowhood.” –Modern Maturity 
“On Your Own aims to provide a financial and emotional guide to women rebuilding their lives alone. While the book is useful for widows, the lesson of understanding the financial situation is even more valuable to couples. Even simple things like understanding each other’s filing system and knowing where financial records are kept can be a tremendous help.” –Washington Post 
“Yours is the only book that truly approaches it from the woman’s viewpoint and clarifies what is a mass of strange and threatening terms and tasks. You have done an important thing in a beautiful way. Thank you from my heart and my checkbook!” –A widow, Annapolis, Maryland