Grab Life by the Bungees

And 50+ Other Ways to Find Humor, Hope, and Happiness After Your Partner Has Died

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Pub Date 13 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 12 Feb 2024

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Description

Losing a partner is never funny.

To a widow—or, as author and educator Diane H. Nettles prefers to call herself, a WWPD (woman whose partner died)—grief and brain fog can seem like bouncers blocking the entrance to the happiness club. But laughter can help in even the toughest of times. Grounded in positivity and good humor, Grab Life by the Bungees: And 50+ Other Ways to Find Humor, Hope, and Happiness After Your Partner Has Died is the perfect read to help you add doses of joy back into your life and find a new identity after losing a life partner.

In eleven short and easy-to-process chapters, Nettles shares practical and proven methods for managing and moving forward with grief, while acknowledging its importance in healthy personal growth. With compassion and lightheartedness, Nettles explains how to use laughter and optimism to deal with grief, revealing insightful personal stories from her own experience after losing her husband of almost thirty-nine years, as well as strategies for moving forward. You’ll learn how to

  • handle grief triggers,
  • navigate a return to work,
  • manage the holiday season,
  • cope with insensitive comments,
  • resist dreading the future,
  • honor your partner’s legacy, and
  • find the courage to think about dating again.

The book includes more than fifty simple tips to help you smile, conquer fear, and feel happiness and contentment again. It’s okay to laugh, cry, dance—and hang on for an exhilarating ride—even in the face of devastating loss. 

Losing a partner is never funny.

To a widow—or, as author and educator Diane H. Nettles prefers to call herself, a WWPD (woman whose partner died)—grief and brain fog can seem like bouncers...


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Advance Praise

"Nettles offers practical tips for handling insensitive remarks, going back to work, and getting through holidays, as well as unexpected moments that trigger grief. Each chapter offers a personal story and suggests a few coping strategies. Throughout, readers are encouraged to choose what works for them and to focus on self-care. . . . an often lighthearted, empathetic, and useful guide for the recently bereaved."—Kirkus Reviews

"Nettles offers practical tips for handling insensitive remarks, going back to work, and getting through holidays, as well as unexpected moments that trigger grief. Each chapter offers a personal...


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  • Enhanced content on Amazon product page
  • eBook discount campaign

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ISBN 9798988975502
PRICE $13.95 (USD)
PAGES 160

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This book is a lifeline for women whose partner died (WWPD). The author has a flowing, easy-to-read writing style and offers an honest, vulnerable, intimate, relatable, and upbeat look into grief and grieving.

The book is full of practical and helpful advice. I can't think of a topic she doesn't cover. I also love that she provides resource lists. This would make a wonderful gift for yourself and other women you know who are grieving.

Thank-you, Ms. Nettles! Your book is a blessing.

My thanks to Ten Alstroemerias for letting me read a DRC of this book via NetGalley. Publication of the paperback edition is 2/13/24. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and are freely given.

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thank you to the publishers for letting me review this book .

this may sound strange so i want to read this as in the past i have lost loved ones not someone i married to ,but i did lose my first marriage it was a grief of lose what could of been what it was and i went through many different emotions you are losing someone .

i found the book overall very intriguing, i loved Diane outlook on life and death , The way she takes you step by step of how she overcame loss , how you learn to grow around it grief .
i liked that in the book she was not pushing on you how you should or should not be feeling ,its more about finding yourself ,change as humans is hard ,and i think that Diane expresses this very well ,it even helped me understand some of the loses that i had been through.

i thought overall the book was great its eye opening , raw and honest .

i think if you're suffering any form of loss and grief i think this book might spark something inside of you .

im giving this book 5 stars

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Diane H. Nettles’ self-help guide for widows, Grab Life by the Bungees: And 50+ Other Ways to Find Humor, Hope, and Happiness After Your Partner Has Died, is an excellent positive, reassuring read. The book contains 11 chapters on different topics that are applicable at different stages of the grief journey. The author provides compassionate and sometimes humorous advice on navigating grief and moving forward with life. While the book is obviously geared for widows, many of the tips can be used for people dealing with other losses.

I received an advance review copy (ARC) from NetGalley and Ten Alstroemerias Press for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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