Moving Forward on Your Own

A Financial Guidebook for Widows

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
80 Pages
Reviewed on 07/13/2011
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Author Biography

Kathleen Rehl’s world changed forever when her husband and business partner died of cancer in 2007. Then five weeks later her widowed mother also passed. It was from her personal grief experiences that Kathleen’s new life purpose evolved—helping other widows to be more knowledgeable, self-confident, and secure about their money matters. She is passionate about empowering her “widowed sisters” to take control of their financial future. Her loss motivated Kathleen to publish the multi-award winning Moving Forward on Your Own: A Financial Guidebook for Widows (2010). For more information go to

Dr. Rehl is a leading industry authority on the subject of widows and financial planning. Often invited to speak at national and regional events, Kathleen has been quoted in many publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Money, AARP Bulletin, and Consumer Reports. She was previously named as one of the country’s 100 Great Financial Planners by Mutual Funds magazine. She is a certified financial planner® professional. She also writes articles for various publications.

Health and physical fitness are energizing forces in Kathleen’s life, including yoga, bicycling, walking, and strength training. She enjoys traveling to visit family and friends across the country. Art and music are also important in her balanced lifestyle.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Kathleen Rehl has created a little gem of a book in Moving Forward on Your Own, A Financial Guide for Widows. She was widowed suddenly and shares with the reader the grief, blankness, and the symptoms of widowhood in an easy-to-read format with colored photographs, paintings and quotations. She tells of her own loss, then shares with the reader symptoms and stages they may go through and warns them against persons who will want to take advantage of a widow. She tells them of papers they must organize, steps they must take and phone calls they must make and leaves a place next to each step for a checkmark. Then Rehl, a certified financial planner, writes simple but understandable advice on how to manage finances alone and how to get on with your life.

This book is easy to read, easy to follow, well-organized and edited. Friends could easy give this to someone recently widowed and not be offensive. Actually, funeral homes might wish to carry a good supply of this book to give to clients.

This is not a book for libraries to carry as it has many spaces for people to write down financial and personal information. Moving Forward on Your Own covers well, and in detail, the many money issues that face a widow. It cossets the grieving in depth but also is a guide for getting life together after losing one's mate without being pushy and obnoxious which the grieving will not enjoy.