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HuffPost Live interview with Nancy Redd

I’m back from Los Angeles and happy to report that it could not have gone any better (proof that worrying is a waste of time/energy). I’ll be posting about different aspects of the trip in the next few days, but first wanted to share the interview I did on HuffPost Live with host Nancy Redd right before I left.

The segment, called “Newlywed Widows: Starting Over,” featured John McFadden, a widower who lost his wife on their honeymoon, Jennifer Cutler, a psychotherapist who specializes in grief therapy, and me. We talked about the particular challenges faced by people who lose their spouses shortly after marriage. We also talked about how writing helps in the grieving process. John blogs about his grief at Lindsey McFadden: The Love of My Life.

The full interview with all of us is here (28:14):

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/newlywed-widows/54daea6f02a7600e1f000159

My portion of the interview is here (7:33):

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/highlight/how-this-widow-coped-with-losing-her-husband-11-days-after-their-wedding/550b3febfe34447e3600008f

The day after the interview I flew to LA and spent the next ten days in a whirlwind of meetings, both professional and personal. At the end of the week, I attended a conference of women writers, where I sat on a Writing About Loss panel with five other women, including two NYT best-selling authors.

More about the LA visit to come.

Now I’m back home in upstate New York, decompressing and processing everything. I feel incredibly humble and grateful, and wanted to take a moment to say Thank You to all of you for being part of this journey with me. Some of you have been following the blog since the beginning. Some of you are newer. Many of you have lost loved ones. Each and everyone of you has helped me cope with my grief. You have made me feel less alone and more understood. You have taught me so much. I can’t thank you enough.

– Niva