Posted 26 Jul 2017
July 26, 20178 Dear Abby, (Abigail Van Buren) the advice counselor has published a few recent articles that provided advice to widowers. After reading the columns, I determined it was time to introduce Dear Abby to the Widowers Support Network (WSN). I then invited all WSN followers to comment on Dear Abby's reply to a widowed man. Once gathered, I then sent Dear Abby the collective responses of our followers along with a few of my own recommendations. Your thoughts and opinions are most welcome. (See "Read More or Comment Here)
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Posted 12 Jun 2017
July 12, 2017 Author of the new breakout book, The Widower's Journey, Herb Knoll will be the guest of a syndicated talk show, broadcasted from the Ft. Myers, Florida studios of W4WN Radio (Women 4 Women Network). The host of the show is Camille Sanzone, author of AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE? TIE KNOT & HANGE ON!Read More or Comment HERE
Posted 07 Jun 2017
June 7, 2017 Life After Death. How do you live life after your sugnificant other had died? This was the theme presented by Connections Radio (WTKS 104.1 FM Orlando, WWPR 1490 AM Tampa and WYGC 104.9 FM Gainesville, Florida). Author Herb Knoll was the exclusive in-studio guest featured.Read More or Comment HERE
Posted 01 Feb 2017
Valentine’s Day, 2008 will forever live in my heart as well as in my mind’s eye. The day began when I was awakened by the noise coming from what seemed to be the vicinity of the kitchen. As I approached to retrieve my first cup of coffee of the day, I found my beautiful wife Michelle busy working on her latest project: making pretzels sticks dipped in various flavors of chocolate, each stick beautifully wrapped in heart-themed cellophane, with a red or pink bow. “These are Valentine’s Day gifts for your staff,” she said. “Employees always like getting gifts from their boss.” I didn’t know it at that precise moment, but Michelle’s efforts to spread joy among my team at work would be the last thing she did in our home before being admitted into a hospital for the last time, later that same day. Michelle lost her battle against cancer twenty-one days later on March 7, 2008, a dark and rainy Friday evening in San Antonio, Texas.Read More or Comment HERE
Posted 26 Sep 2015
Don’t be so fast to spend the first Social Security check deposited into your wife’s bank account following her passing, for if you were to do so, you may find that you have to pay it back. WHY? Because Social Security is paid in advance. In order to be eligible to receive any amount paid, the payee must live for the entire period (month) the payment is intended to provide for. Recommendation: Contact your Social Security office following your spouse’s passing for details.
And did you know widowers are eligible for a widower's Social Security payment if they are 60 or older. Eligible widowers may want to subscribe for this payment and defer going on their own Social Security program. Doing so will allow your personal plan to grow in the amount to be paid once you switch over in a year or two. As with most things financial, be sure to visit with a qualified financial planner to assist you. It is well worth the investment, regardless of your financial standing.
Posted 16 May 2015
After becoming a widower, most men find themselves performing many new tasks. When doing so, it is always helpful to have the advantage of a few friends to offer some advice and money or time saving tips. Here are just a few.
1. For those widowers who are disabled veterans, you can receive 10% off on all purchases at Home Depot and Lowes. You can also recevie 10% off on your AT&T cell phone bill. Just inquire at the respective stores.
2. All Veterans are eligible to receive final resting places for both the veteran and his deceased bride at any one of over one hundred National Cemeteries. Free services include a plot, a grave stone and more. This can be a significant savings for thsoe who are interested. Contact your local National Cemetery for details.
3. To increase the amount of your income tax deductions, arrange to have any fees charged by your financial service provider on your qualified retirement accounts charged to your personal non-qualified accounts. This advantage may not impact everyone so as always, be sure to check with your tax advisor for details.
Have a tip you wish to share with other widowers... please post it in the comment provided on the Blog. See: "More"
Posted 17 Mar 2015
Contributing widower Rutilo Flores of Illinois tells us how, in his country, men never entered the kitchen. It was as they say... the custom. You can image the reservations a widower may have if they were suddendly expected to prepare a casserole or perhaps even an omelette for their children or a guest. Someone, quick... pass me a beer and two asprin.
Take heart gents. There are some great resources which can help with your culinary challenges including:
1. Many Hopsice chapters have cooking classes.
Posted 07 Feb 2015
It has been 19 months since my wife passed away yet my 14 year old daughter still has not recovered from her loss. She locks herself in her bedroom for long periods of time. She shares very little with me about her day let alone her life or her feelings.Read More or Comment HERE
Posted 20 Jan 2015
So go ahead and register with WidowersSupportNetwork.com and then log-on to WidowersSupportNetwork.com FORUM. Read what others are writing. Learn from their mistakes. And when you're ready, share a story or two of your own. It's easy. It's fun. And communicating with other widowers can help those who are suffering heal...including you. Besides...like everything associated with WidowersSupportNetwork.com, its FREE.Read More or Comment HERE