Guest Columns on the National Widowers’ Organization

Is There Really a Gender Difference in the Grieving Process?

Phyllis Silverman Phyllis Silverman, Ph.D.


Phyllis Silverman, Ph.D., a member of the National Widowers’ Organization, Inc. board of directors, is a widely recognized expert of grieving. She is the author of five books, including “Widow to Widow: How the Bereaved Help One Another” (Routledge, 2nd edition; 2004). Read more about her here:

Moving on after Losing Her

Widowers, Women, and Dating on a Budget

Stanley Kissel Stanley Kissel, Ph.D.


Stanley Kissel, Ph.D., a retired clinical psychologist, was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Monroe County Community College, Nazareth College and the University of Rochester. Dr. Kissel has authored five psychology books and conducted workshops throughout the United States. He is on the board of The National Widowers’ Organization.

New Holiday Traditions for Widowers

Gerald J Schaefer Gerald J. Schaefer


Gerald J. Schaefer, a 26-year professional in project management, wrote “The Widower’s Toolbox: Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse” after his wife died. He is a member of the Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Association and the Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society and is active in the Boy Scouts of America. He lives with his two sons in Green Bay, Wisconsin. You can find out more about him, his book and his work here.


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