One Foot Forward:
Stories and Faces of Widows and Widowers
Published by powerHouse Books. To be released in September 2013.
Very few people in this country are comfortable talking about end-of-life issues, death, and widowhood. When this most transformative of life events eventually happens, how does one continue on past the lingering questions, the new plans, the change in perspective?
One Foot Forward offers hope, solace, and the knowledge that you’re not alone. The insightful and powerful stories of the 20 widowed women and men in this book are woven together with beautiful portraits to document bereavement, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of the life-altering death of a spouse.
Fox, herself widowed at the age of 50, interviewed people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures; people whose spouses died as a result of chronic illnesses and sudden deaths; people who were widowed in their 20s as well as those widowed in their 70s.
The journeys through bereavement in One Foot Forward are as singular as the subjects’ relationships and lives, yet the grief and life-affirming determination to survive, and eventually thrive, are universal. Remarkably, most people do keep putting one foot forward, some to profound effect: many even construct new and often more meaningful lives. These are stories of resilience and triumph—of the human spirit finding a way to blossom after devastating loss.
100% of the author’s royalties will be contributed to the National Hospice Foundation.
“Judith Fox’s book weaves together a beautiful quilt of individual stories that bring warmth to the cold, sad reality of death and dying. Her storytelling draws us in and her beautiful photographs capture a kaleidoscope of emotions. The universal message is that through grief, we must find hope to carry on. One Foot Forward is a must-read book as this will be a journey we will all take.” — Sherri Snelling, CEO, Caregiving Club; author of A Cast of Caregivers
“Judith Fox has created a beautiful portrait of both love and loss in this unique collection of stories. The perfect blend of photographs and written words provides readers with a compelling glimpse into the experience of outliving the person with whom you imagined spending all of your days. Powerful, genuine, and meaningful.” — Michele Neff Hernandez, Executive Director, Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation
“One Foot Forward compassionately and skillfully combines the very personal experiences with the stunning images of the widows and widowers it portrays. Each story, with its companion photographs, is a gift. I highly recommend One Foot Forward to anyone who appreciates beauty and wants a better understanding of the human journey.” — Richard D. Della Penna, MD, Geriatrician; Chief Medical Officer, Independa, Inc.
“The stories in One Foot Forward speak the language of loss, telling quiet secrets, those not often spoken. Listen to them closely and learn how people choose to welcome life again.” — Marcia Lattanzi Licht, LHD, RN, LPC, Educator; author; psychotherapist