About A Widow’s Tale

It’s hard for most people to understand the avalanche of feelings that a newly widowed person experiences.

Instead of helping,  most people say the wrong things. (In fact, they often say really stupid things.) You suddenly find yourself on the outside looking in at life. Your friends and family don’t really know what to do or what to say or how to help.

I know what it’s like because I’ve been there. I am a widow, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and life coach for widowed persons.
My husband died in 2011. He was healthy as a horse and never sick a day in his life until a 5 and 1/2 inch blood clot flew from his left carotid artery into his brain.
Widowhood is freaky hard. I get it. I fought hard to rebuild my life and I learned a lot about how to recover from trauma (which is what widowhood is) along the way.

I made it. But not everyone survives widowhood. In fact, 70% of widowed people become chronically ill or die within three years of their spouse (That’s a CDC Statistic). Widowhood changes just about every aspect of your life: social, sexual, financial, emotional, practical, parental, familial. That’s a lot of change, isn’t it?

And all that change is why traditional “grief groups” aren’t enough. What you are dealing with is grief PLUS multiple life changers and stressors. Yes, you want to heal from your grief but you also have to get your life back together. That’s where my magazine, blog, podcast, book, online video programs, retreats, and personal coaching come in.

“Great teacher and researcher.” Barbara

“You’ll learn useful and effective coping tools to deal with stress and grief.” Ida-Anne

After rebuilding my own life, I have helped hundreds of widowed people, all across the US and Europe, move forward, rebuild their lives, and reclaim their joy.

You have several options:

GOOD & FREE: You can read my downloadable magazine Widow, and receive my blog and podcast for free, just by signing up. Click the magazine cover and get this help NOW. Both of these offer great information and they’re FREE. I want to help you, no matter what.

BETTER: My Navigating Loss survival program gives you both a guidebook (Navigating Loss: A Survival Guide for the Newly Widowed) AND a six-part video series. Each video leads you through a different aspect of recovery and ends with a guided meditation for deep healing. Again, I want to help you, no matter what, so it’s only $49.

Buy the book and the video series for $49.00

BEST: If what happened in your life with your spouse is complicated, and if you think you need personalized support, you’re probably right. My personal coaching program where I work with you one-on-one is what can help you the most. However, it requires both an investment in your own healing and the desire to heal and move forward.

This program gives you all of the resources of the Navigating Loss program, plus highly personalized support by phone (for an hour, every other week!), informative audio courses, and a recovery workbook with readings and activities to release grief and explore new personal possibility. To learn more about my coaching program (which is $1695 for four months of support) let’s talk so you can get a feel for what this program is like. The first call is free and by the end of it, we’ll both know whether it’s right for you or not.


“I knew I needed someone to help me, but you have done so much in just one call! Working with another widow is just what I needed.” Denice

“Donna Marie provided pragmatic ways to survive and begin to live again. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Robin, Nashville TN

I am also a TEDx speaker. Listen to my talk about using your internal story to rebuild your life. Click the image below to hear it.

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