Author: Julie Martella

  • How To Make Friends As an Adult

    How To Make Friends As an Adult

    Learning how to make friends as an adult is a lot different that as a child.  We don’t have the proverbial playground and mandatory education!  Plus, as a widow, it can be scary to put yourself out there!  Recently I posed that question to an online group. The response was incredible, supportive, and so encouraging!!…

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  • An Encouragement Manifesto

    An Encouragement Manifesto

    What would happen if we collectively made a promise to women and for women? What if we made a promise to encourage and support, to invest in the future for women and their families? I have decided to create an encouragement manifesto for women. It’s time to commit to the mental and physical health of…

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  • Secondary Losses of Widowhood

    Secondary Losses of Widowhood

    What else does a widow lose when her spouse dies?

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  • Death Day Decisions

    Death Day Decisions

    There are a few very important action items that will have to be made the day your beloved dies. This is one of the reasons the living so desperately need you.  Notify family Where to send the body What is going to happen to the body Put a person or close group in charge of…

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  • The Worst Day of Your Life

    The Worst Day of Your Life

    What if, today, in the middle of the worst day of your life, there was someone out there that could tell you, “These are the things that are going to happen, and here’s how you’re going to deal with it.” I’m here, and I am speaking from experience. I know your world has fallen apart.…

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  • Survive/Revive/Thrive


    Sometimes when you are in the midst of turmoil follow the death of your loved one, it helps to have just one word to cling to. You can repeat your word as a mantra, and with the right word, it can recenter you in the storm. A friend this year gave me three words, one…

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