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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
On a Friday evening, Jenny Lisk's husband confesses to her that he's been feeling a little dizzy lately. Within two weeks after this event, Jenny would become his full-time caregiver. In this raw debut memoir, Jenny Lisk offers insight into her role as caregiver to her dying husband and her process of dealing with loss and grief. Future Widow: Losing My Husband, Saving My Family, and Finding My Voice is based on Jenny's Caring Bridge journal from the months when her husband was battling terminal brain cancer, and on her reflections that she added years later. Jenny Lisk has written Future Widow to show that even though grief is messy and confusing, one can still learn to deal with it and also to help those struggling with grief not to feel as alone and lost as she did.
Future Widow by Jenny Lisk is an essential memoir covering the most difficult time in the author's life, defined by medical drama, pain, sadness, stress, and death while fearing for her children's emotional state. Jenny Lisk reminded me how fragile life can be, how one day you can reach the point of no return, and you must learn to go forward. I feared that her story would be too difficult to read, but fortunately, Jenny spares the reader the details of the agony one feels when preparing for the death of a loved one. I appreciate that she focuses on finding ways to help her children cope with their father's terminal illness and then his death. I highly recommend Jenny Lisk's memoir as it provides helpful information and advice to those dealing with the traumatic experience of loss and grief.