1. This is a widower’s story about reconciling a love lost to death with a new mature but different love found in the autumn of his life. It is also a spiritual story revealing the challenges of grief and discovery of a heavenly presence, both here and after death. Guided by his Guardian Angel deceased wife, her loving humor and timing transcend the foibles of this senior citizen bachelor after 53 years of perfect marriage.
Readers will laugh, cry and hopefully pray that their own experiences will be as pleasant as the author’s mostly true personal journey.
2. Why am I still here and not in heaven with my spouse? Hopefully, readers will find answers to this universal question in their own search for meaning and joy in their remaining years – and reinforce their spiritual faith in the process. Without these, life is just a charade. Love is the Holy Grail in this quest.
3. True love transcends death. It never dies. Life is worth living if lived with redefined good purposes – and with another loving companion to share its joys and disappointments with you. Time becomes precious when forced to confront your own mortality. Don’t waste it!
4. Millions of lonely widows and widowers are searching in their own unique ways for meaning in their remaining years. Too often, well meaning people younger than them are their sources of advice. Family, friends, doctors, lawyers, clergy and a host of advisers more often than not have never felt the pain and isolation following a spouse’s death. Hopefully, the author’s shared experiences will add some “mature” guidance with real life and death credibility for all who may share his journey.
There is life after death. First here on earth– the next life comes later, and can wait.
5. Before my wife died of cancer, as an attorney I had counseled hundreds of clients in their estate and financial planning, including estate settlements for many dozens who died. My first book Rich & Judgment Proof published in 1995 focused on high income and high net worth people vulnerable to creditor problems because of their business or profession. This knowledge and experience was acquired from books and someone else’s experience.
Having now personally shared their experiences with the death of a loved one has refocused my attention more on people than their legal and financial circumstances.
I rarely read books, but because of my longtime fellow employee relationship with Friedel Thibault I bought a copy of “A Widower’s Journey.” Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.
As his personal assistant I had the pleasure of typing Harold Collins’ new book “A Widower’s Journey In Faith, Love and Good Humor.” From the first pages on I got so engrossed that I couldn’t wait to get his next draft chapter.
Marilyn was my cousin and I bought the book out of curiosity. I liked it so much, I bought 2 more for friends.
When reading Harold’s book I was taken back by how personal it was. His response to this comment, was he felt it necessary in order to have credibility with his intended audience of widows and widowers and his message of survivorship with joy in a new loving relationship.