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Funny things you think, do and say when you are a widow (part of a seven or perhaps 11-part series)

By: Jill Pertler

Chapter one, number one

You know what they say: sometimes you just have to laugh. And why not?

Laughter can be healing. It can be an escape. It lowers stress. It gives a boost to your immune system. It is relaxing. It is stimulating. It increases endorphins and It can provide a respite from an otherwise bleak situation. It can be fun.

And what, if not widowhood, correlates so very closely with laughter? I can’t think of a thing, she said with a wry, all-knowing, sarcastic smile.


Being a widow has provided a unique, albeit, quirky and (dare I say) weird outlook into the...


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