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Episode 18 – Re-entering The Social World

Re-entering the world as a single person after the death of a spouse is definitely a test of resiliency. Everyone reacts differently, and no one should be judged on how they want to conduct their future. It’s a very personal decision. 

I would like to explore with Susan her experiences because what she experienced was very difficult and Susan had to overcome two devastating events, the loss of her son six months before the death of her husband. No one has to tell Susan how defeated a person can feel, and how overwhelming it was to move forward with her life. But she did it. Now I want Susan to share it with you. Let’s explore how you jumped into the social world.

Although this podcast is about re-entering the social world after widowhood, I’d like to ask you about you and Michael re-entering together after David’s suicide

Susan is Suddenly Single
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Episode 17 – It’s All About Your Presentation

I’m talking to you like your best friend. I don’t mean to hurt you. I would never do that. I only want you to be happy. I experienced what you are presently feeling five years ago. I lost both my son and then my husband, six months apart. I was completely devastated. I always knew I wanted to live so I had to make the decision to re-enter society. I quickly learned that the way I looked and acted was the way people responded to me. I kept the hurt to myself and to a few select family and friends. 

The outside world saw me as a vivacious, energized and interesting person. Recovery is the time to show the world that you are special, relevant, beautiful inside and out. I made my hair a little blonder, I rode my bike a little longer and I hugged everyone a little tighter. Every positive move I make helps me get stronger and happier. I wish I could have my old life back. That’s not going to happen. I am building a new one now and I smile more every day.

Susan is Suddenly Single
Susan is Suddenly Single
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Episode 16 – Getting Your Life Back

Death is difficult. Anyone who has lost a spouse, or a child, knows how painful it is to accept the death of the most important people in their lives. So many people who have experienced this will tell you how dark and desperate their lives become. 

No one understands this situation better than Susan S. Warner. She lost her son, then her husband, six months apart. That was five years ago. While she was devastated by her loss, Susan knew she wanted to continue to live a fulfilling, happy life. This podcast is all about how she was able to make the transition and what others can take from her recovery.  

Susan is Suddenly Single
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Episode 15 – The Scoop On Susan

You have been listening to Susan’s podcasts and reading her essays at susanswarner.com. While you may be inspired by her words and positive energy, you are probably wondering how she got this way.

Understanding who Susan is, and what she stands for, can help you. Susan has had to test her courage, and her will to live, at an early age, and then again as an adult.

If anyone understands the intellectual and emotional pain you are experiencing from losing a loved one, it is Susan. Yet, her attitude and her determination to live a meaningful and rewarding life, has given her the strength to move forward with new opportunities. Let’s find out more

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Episode 14 – Can You Love Two People At The Same Time?

Widows and widowers often find themselves in a very unpredictable love triangle. They are finally ready to move forward with a new partner in their lives but they know deep down in their hearts that they still love the person they lost. 

Often, people keep these feelings to themselves because they want to live a full life with a new companion. However, they cannot deny the experience they are feeling. They are usually forced to suppress it.  Susan Warner is going to explore this topic in today’s podcast. 

Susan is Suddenly Single
Susan is Suddenly Single
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Episode 13 – Is A New Marriage Right For Everyone Who Has Lost A Spouse?

Getting married again after being widowed is a controversial topic. It’s an interesting, complex decision. What’s important is whether a new marriage is right for everyone. It’s a new world out there and the reasons why people hurried to get married again years ago, after losing a spouse or divorce, do not necessarily apply today. Let’s have this discussion…

Susan is Suddenly Single
Susan is Suddenly Single
Episode 13 - Is A New Marriage Right For Everyone Who Has Lost A Spouse?
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Episode 12 – Exploring Guilt Emotions

Why do some men and women harbor guilt about moving on after losing a spouse? That’s a topic worth exploring because there are too many people crippled by it.  Not everyone needs or wants a new partner after losing the one they had, but those that pursue often speak about managing their guilt. We are addressing those who are  paralyzed by emotions that prevent new relationships. It’s very important to understand the dynamics of guilt so widows and widowers or those divorced can make meaningful and rational decisions for the rest of their lives minus the guilt.

Susan is Suddenly Single
Susan is Suddenly Single
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Episode 11 – David

This is going to be one of Susan’s most difficult podcasts to produce. It’s about the death by suicide of her son David. It’s one thing to discuss moving forward after experiencing the death of her son and then her husband Michael. It’s totally another to discuss losing a child. 

August 18th is the FIFTH anniversary of her son’s death. Talking about David is Susan’s way of keeping him close and very much a part of her life.

He was a good son, smart, charismatic, kind and loving.  David was 4 weeks from his wedding. 

Susan’s words will probably resonate with all of us on many levels. Life is hard, but Susan’s mission is to make it the best possible one for herself and those in her orbit.

Susan is Suddenly Single
Susan is Suddenly Single
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Episode 10 – Does BFF Really Mean Forever? 

If you are like Susan, you take your friendships seriously. Your friends can be  like family to you.  You feel like your life is safe and secure because you can count on  a circle of friends for support. Different friends play different roles in your life.  You do the same for them.

Then, your world gets turned upside down when you lose a spouse or a child or get divorced or end a relationship. The delicate balance in friendships can also be disrupted. All of a sudden you start to see cracks in some friendships and strong new foundations in others. And in a perfect storm, relatives are also dear friends, and the circle continues. Today she has mixed the old with the new and have found a really wonderful orchestra of relationships. 

Susan is Suddenly Single
Susan is Suddenly Single
Episode 10 - Does BFF Really Mean Forever? 
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Episode 9 – Routines and Disciplines

Our last podcast gave you insight into Susan’s very difficult journey. She is quick to affirm that this was a rough road fashioned with an over-arching desire to move forward. But it wasn’t easy. Susan firmly believes that people do not have to get caught in a cycle of profound sadness and depression if they discover that there is more out there to live for. 

Even though there have been many dark days since her son and husband’s deaths, Susan decided early on that she was going to try to live her best possible life. She comes from a long line of resiliency and that pointed her to a “Chapter Two.”  One of the ways she made that happen was by planning ahead and forming routines and disciplines that kept her safe, secure and fulfilled.

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Susan is Suddenly Single
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