Planet Widow: A Mother's Story of Navigating a Suddenly Unrecognizable World

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One of the most stressful and traumatic events a person can face is the death of a spouse. It happened to Gloria Lenhart suddenly when her husband Nick, only forty-four years old, dropped dead while jogging. Planet Widow is the story of her struggle to negotiate motherhood, family, and career in a world that is suddenly unrecognizable. Serving as both a comfort and a cautionary tale, this powerful story helps answer real-life questions about coping with loss, as well as how to prepare for the unthinkable.

Perhaps Lenhart’s biggest challenge is finding ways to help her sons cope with the loss of their father. Even before the funeral is over, Lenhart must fight for custody of her husband’s son, sixteen-year-old Nikolaus, whom she’s been a mother to for more than ten years. And like many widows, Lenhart finds herself faced with difficult financial realities as she is drawn into the realm of estate lawyers, probate courts, and unscrupulous stockbrokers.

Planet Widow is a personal story of spunk and determination, told with a touch of humor. The book ends on a note of hope that a loss experienced and survived can lead to a fuller understanding of what it means to live.

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"You are on a whole different planet."

That is how one colleague articulates what Gloria Lenhart feels when she faces one of the most traumatic events a woman can experience—the unexpected death of her husband. Lenhart finds herself widowed at age forty-two with two young sons, the eldest of whom she has not officially adopted. As the hard realities of lawyers, courts, and a family at odds dominate her life, even once simple tasks become daunting as she struggles to restore her family to normalcy and regaining her bearings.

Planet Widow is both a cautionary tale that helps answer questions about coping with loss, and a personal story of one woman’s undefeatable spirit as she moves toward an uncertain future. Lenhart is unflinchingly direct and unafraid to share her lowest, and sometimes quirky, moments—taking inspiration from Jackie O., following a motorist she believes to be her dead husband, and even seeking out a psychic. Hers is a heartfelt account about how profound loss and the journey that follows can teach us about what it means to live more fully.

About the Author:

Gloria Lenhart is a marketing consultant, with more than 25 years of experience with companies ranging from Charles Schwab to Sega to Sebastiani Vineyards. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her younger son, Matthew, a high school freshman. Her son Nikolaus is a 2005 graduate of UC Davis.

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