I had a great discussion with Jeanette Koncikowski for this episode. Jeanette is a writer and is a widowed parent. She is writing the book she wishes she had when her husband died.
Jeanette and I had a great discussion on a variety of topics:
Healing from the traumatic circumstances of her husband’s death;
Moving and buying a home on her own 9 months after her husband died;
Starting a new relationship after loss, and figuring out how to move forward together;
Moving forward with a new relationship while honoring your late spouse;
Carving out a role for the step parent that is not replacing the deceased parent;
Learning to bear witness to her kids’ pain rather than trying to fix it;
Realizing that having more than one kid means more than one kind of kid grief; and
Honoring her late husband’s life on his birthday by involving her kids in charity fundraisers.
One more thing – Jeanette is still looking to conduct interviews for her book with a few more widowed dads and widowed LGBTQ parents. If that’s you and you’d like to help, please get in touch with Jeanette.
I hope you enjoy my discussion with Jeanette Koncikowski.
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Widowed Parent Project Facebook group
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