September 21st, 2018

// Loss Is A Four-Letter Word: A Bereavement Boot Camp for the Widowed

Loss Is A Four-Letter Word: A Bereavement Boot Camp for the Widowed

By Carole Brody Fleet

"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

Deerfield Beach, FL, September 21, 2018 — No widow or widower look exactly the same. No widowhood looks exactly the same. Therefore, no healing journey or timeline is an identical experience. 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.

Widowhood has the capacity to keep those affected from moving forward into a new and fulfilling life. The loss of a spouse is frightening. The call for relatable and actionable direction and advice remains a very real need for the widowed community, and that is just what Loss is a Four-Letter Word offers. Award-winning author Carole Brody Fleet personally experienced the pain and grief as a young widow and mother; leaving her and her 9-year-old daughter alone. Loss is a Four-Letter Word shows readers a way out, a way to move forward– not "get over”–their most profound loss in positive ways. Fleet combines no-nonsense, direct advice with specific, boot-camp style "assignments” that are framed with compassion and humor to help them through a most challenging life-journey.

A short sample of the Bereavement Boot Camp Lessons:

•    Lesson One: I'm Still Here
•    Lesson Two: "My Healing Journey Is Mine”
•    Lesson Three: Stop Putting Off Proactivity
•    Lesson Four: "I Turn to… Who?”
•    Lesson Five: Put Your Tits on Your Back
•    Lesson Six: Get Up, Get Moving… Get Out!
•    Lesson Seven: It's Your Turn
•    Lesson Eight: Past, Present, and Future: You Can Have All Three

Loss is a Four-Letter Word gives readers help without reproach, education without lecture, and support without judgment, condition, or negative opinion. All of which provides a necessary light during such devastating times. Fleet tells them, "Because while our spouses may have departed this earth, we are still here. And we matter too.”

About the Author:

Carole Brody Fleet is the award-winning author of When Bad Things Happen to Good Women, Happily EVEN After, and Widows Wear Stilettos. Widely recognized as America's go-to expert on life adversity and grief recovery, Ms. Fleet is also a three-time contributor to the iconic Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, as well as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and to Ms. Fleet is also a popular motivational speaker and with her inimitable message of "What Now and What Next?” Ms. Fleet offers practical, emotional, and even humorous guidance to the millions who have experienced any kind of loss or challenge in their lives.

Loss Is A Four-Letter Word: A Bereavement Boot Camp for the Widowed
By Carole Brody Fleet
ISBN: 9780757321214
September 2018
Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact:
(800) 441-5569 or


Suggested Interview Questions:

1.  Where did the title of the book come from?

2.  How does Loss is a Four-Letter Word differ from all of the other "grief” books?

3.  What inspired you to write Loss is a Four-Letter Word?

4.  What inspired you to begin writing in the loss / grief recovery genre in the first place – after all, these are not the happiest subjects in the world.

5.  This is the first time that any of your writings have included a discussion on spirituality in connection with grief recovery.  Why did you decide to include a chapter on spirituality when you have shied away from it in the past?

6. What are some of the lessons and experiences that you felt were especially necessary to communicate in the book?

7.  What are some of the most common problems and challenges that face the widowed and what are the best ways to move past those challenges?

8. You have received hundreds of thousands of letters over the years.  If you had to pick just one thing, what would be the one most common problem that people write to you about?

9.  One of your favorite subjects concerns some of the things that people say when trying to help or otherwise comfort someone coping with loss.  Even though most likely mean no harm, what are some of the dumbest things that you know people have said?

10.  What are some of the first steps to take at the beginning of a healing journey?


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 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!”

Lisa Lockwood, crime analyst, author, police and military veteran: "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.”

Stacey Gualandi, Emmy award-winning journalist: "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.”

Kristin Higson-Hughes, Senior Features Editor, Women's World Magazine: "Just as there is no timetable to grief, there certainly is no checklist on how to recover strength and joy after suffering a loss. Here you will find authentic, candid, trustworthy, and--perhaps most pertinent of all--pragmatic advice promising that although the landscape of life may forever be changed, the future can still hold purpose, beauty, and magic. With a signature style all her own, Carole Brody Fleet "trains" you to find yourself again (hint: there's no wrong path, but some are healthier for your soul!). Together, you will navigate everything from social media to financial matters to the possibility of finding love again. Sure, it can feel impossible to do, and even more so to find answers, but sign up, dear recruit, and discover this book's wit and wisdom, and its author's enormous-as-the-universe heart!"

Kim Iversen, nationally syndicated radio show host: "Carole is an angel, not just an expert. Many of us have no clue what to say to a loved one going through tremendous loss. We sit by and watch helplessly as they struggle with their 'new normal'. Carole's book is a must read; not just for widows, but for those of us who love a widow as well. As a relationship radio talk show host, I have always had words to comfort and guide someone through every type of heartache-----every heartache except the death of a spouse. This type of loss leaves many of us speechless. Finally, someone who knows what to say when the rest of us do not."


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