A Message from Beverly:
If you’re thinking of ordering this book, chances are you are a woman who has experienced the loss of a spouse or life partner. You may be a widow, or newly divorced. Or, you may be in a situation where you find yourself “alone”, having lost your special someone to a debilitating injury, disease or even an addiction. Ladies, this book is for you.
Over the years in my work as a financial planner, hundreds of women from age 35 to 80 have entrusted me with their money, in hopes that I would deliver a healthy return on their investment. These women, still in grief over the loss of their spouse, entered my office in a panic over their economic situation. But they needed more than financial advice. They needed me to listen to their stories, to understand the challenges of their new marital status and to advise them on life choices both related and unrelated to money. Since I had been in their shoes years earlier, we had many shared experiences between us and I found myself competently filling a unique new role. I was not only their financial counselor; I became their “financial therapist.”
Ironically, my newly uncoupled women clients found that getting their financial affairs in order was the easiest part of their recovery. Most of them had deeper, more significant issues to tackle. This came as no surprise to me. I believe that financial health and good decision making go hand in hand with the healing of the inner self. In other words, my clients come to me for counseling on their emotional investments as well as their financial ones.
This realization spurred me to write “Now That He’s Gone.” Every woman should know that managing the hurt, fear and anxiety that goes with her loss is more critical than the bank statements. I hope every woman who suffers a life-altering loss and is squaring her shoulders to meet her new emotional and social challenges will find the comfort she deserves and the support she needs in the pages of “Now That He’s Gone.” Truly, there is hope, peace and closure in reaching out to each other … and ourselves.