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By Jane Rule

5 girls at serious crossroads of their lives come jointly during this gem of a singular set on an island off the coast of Vancouver

After the fireplace introduces a quintet of very assorted girls as they try with abandonment, loss, and new beginnings—both jointly and on my own. there's Karen Tasuki, who lately separated from her accomplice and wonders if she’ll ever get used to being by myself . . . till she befriends crimson, who cleans homes for the island’s privileged population. omit James is the eccentric Southern spinster born on the flip of the century. Milly Forbes is a lady whose husband “went scot unfastened after stealing 20 years of her life.” And the practical Henrietta “Hen” Hawkins yearns for her absent, ailing husband. On a rural island that they dub a “used-wife lot,” the 5 heroines nurture each other as they take care of loneliness, loss of life, and renewed lifestyles. Imbued with wit and compassion, After the fireplace is a unique approximately girls loving ladies and girls supporting women—and the bond that transcends age, race, or even gender.

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The second chapter looks at how the ways in which men and women are socialized in Western society make a difference in how they respond to their widowhood. The third chapter describes how viewing grief as a time of transition provides a map for looking at how grief changes over time for the widowed. The final chapter in this section focuses on how people cope in the context of a mutual-help experience and the help the widowed offer each other. 1 C H A P T E R Theoretical Perspectives on Grief and Helping When he was sick, I did more and more things alone.

Older women who could not drive needed transportation to get medical care; some of the younger women had to learn to drive. Family Issues Some women specifically mentioned difficulties with relatives or family who did not understand their current situation. Those with dependent children mentioned that they were having problems with them. Some children acted up and had problems at school; their widowed parents did not understand that their behavior could be related to their children’s grief. Some women still had adult children living at home or offered shelter to sons and daughters after a marriage failed or because of other problems.

His parents are great. They were afraid that when Jim died they would lose us, too, and I had to reassure them that this would never happen. They like to talk about him and that is nice. They need to, really. His business partner is the same way. I like to visit with him because he likes to talk about Jim. My parents, on the other hand, skirt around it all the time. In some ways, this is what I would expect — that’s the way they always were about dealing with feelings and difficult situations. Dependent children needing care have a major impact on the grieving process: When my wife got sick, the children were 8 and 13.

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