chapter 8

Death of a Spouse

Losing your other half

Caring for a dying spouse

Living alone

Making difficult decisions

Helping children cope with the loss

Moving on without your spouse

When you and your mate step into the rowboat of marriage, you prepare to set off down the river on the journey of your lives together. You each take an oar and begin paddling. Along the way, you learn how to row as a team. You may add children to your boat, make stops, go backward for a while or detour down a side stream, navigate around rocks and through rapids, weather storms, and enjoy lazy, sunny days on the slow-moving water. You look forward to your future destinations, and plan what you’ll do when you get there. You’re always together.

Then your partner ...

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