Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives
By Becky Aikman
Crown, 2013. 337 pgs. Nonfiction
Soon after her husband died of a prolonged cancer diagnosis, Becky Aikman felt she needed people around her that understood her loss, but could also help her move on with courage and optimism. To this end, she joined a local grief support group and after one painful meeting was asked to leave.
So began a search for a more healthy and effective way to help herself and other relatively young widows to move through the loss and adjustments necessary when a spouse is taken. Several years later her dream became a reality as she gathered 5 other women, none of whom knew each other but each who had recently lost their spouses, to create their own support group that would provide new adventures and hopefully a few healing friendships as well.
Saturday Night Widows is a great book, not only for those who may have recently suffered the tragic loss of a loved one, but also for their friends and family. Aikman candidly describes her highs and lows, giving readers valuable insights into how to support and encourage others in situations like hers. She writes with warmth, sympathy, hope, and even humor which keeps the narration from becoming too depressing.