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Loss Is a Four-Letter Word

A Bereavement Boot Camp for the Widowed--Kick Grief in the Ass and Take Your Life Back

Published by Health Communications Inc
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

The word "loss" contains only four letters, but its size belies the amount of fear it produces at even its mere mention. Even more terrifying and enormous is the reality of loss—specifically, the loss of a spouse. For the loved one left behind, the loss of a spouse or partner is frightening, and the ensuing grief can be all-consuming. Regardless of the circumstances, spousal loss devastates on numerous levels and in countless ways. Whether the loss is brand new or decades old, it nonetheless leaves indelible wounds. Worst of all, widowhood has the capacity to keep those affected from moving forward into a new and fulfilling life. The need for relatable and actionable direction and advice remains a very real need for the widowed community.

In Loss is a Four-Letter Word, award-winning author Carole Brody Fleet, who herself experienced the numbing pain and grief as a young widow and mother, shows readers a way out, a way to move forward—not "get over"—their most profound loss in positive ways. Fleet combines no-nonsense, directed advice with specific, boot camp style "assignments" that are framed with compassion and humor. Appropriate for both the newly bereaved as well as those who may have been grieving for years, Loss is a Four-Letter Word is also ideal for those who wish to best support the bereaved through a most challenging life-journey.

"Carole Brody Fleet has done it again! In Loss Is a Four-Letter Word, she offers practical, straightforward advice on how to move forward on a positive path after losing a loved one. I've had Carole as a guest on the Angel Quest radio show a number of times because of how much she has benefited my listeners with her knowledge. If it sounds like I am impressed with her, it's because I am. I love this book, and I love Carole!" —Karen Noé, author, We Consciousness: 33 Profound Truths for Inner and Outer Peace and Your Life After Their Death: A Medium's Guide to Healing After a Loss

"Carole Brody Fleet has faced painful challenges and loss with courage and resilience. Through her own personal healing, we can all learn from and be inspired by her. I have a four-letter word for Carole: HERO." —Stacey Gualandi, Emmy Award-winning journalist

"Carole Brody Fleet is changing the face and style of widowhood. It's a very unique look at an unusual problem these days."—Deborah Roberts, correspondent Good Morning America

"Carole Brody Fleet is forthright in dealing with many of the difficult issues surrounding widowhood, demonstrating that you do not have to live in your past. It's not an either-or situation. She teaches the important lesson that you can incorporate your previous life into a new life."—Jane Brody, personal health columnist, The New York Times

"Carole Brody Fleet is the real deal. In her latest act of service, Loss Is a Four-Letter Word, Carole helps the widowed navigate the unknown waters of loss and grief. She does not write or speak from a lofty position but instead from her heart, mind, and soul. She has a personal stake because she, too, has experienced the loss of her husband. In the multiple radio program conversations I've had with her, Carole has been articulate, savvy, graceful, and funny, yet she has displayed deep compassion for those who are suffering. This is a book that you can give to a family member, friend, or office associate and know that you've selected one of the best there is to help the person find themselves after loss. There is hope, and Carole Brody Fleet embodies that in her compassionate work with those who like herself, have experienced the long dark night of the soul. She pulls no punches and I appreciate her all the more for doing so. Read this book!" —Scott H. Colborn, host, KZUM FM's, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena radio show

"Carole makes you think, laugh, and cry as she guides you on the path to your new life."—Lisa Kline, celebrity designer, stylist and host, Launch My Line

"Encouraging a smile while tackling tough subjects and providing necessary support and education"—Lee Woodruff, contributor,CBS This Morning,New York Times bestselling author

"I really believe in what you're doing. It's an unbelievable testament to survival."—Nate Berkus, celebrity designer and Emmy Award-winning host of TLC'S "Nate and Jeremiah by Design," "American Dream Builders," and "The Nate Berkus Show"

"What I love and appreciate is Carole Brody Fleet's firsthand knowledge and approach on the most taboo topic in society. Having gone through personal loss, I always learn something about how to approach the topic with empathy and how to permit others to comfort me in the worst of times." —Lisa Lockwood, crime analyst, author, police and military veteran