As grievers we want to have the comfort of hearing from others who have walked in our shoes and made it. I personally love reading, podcasts and audio books. When I first became a widow, I didn’t want to go to the nearest bookstore and find the “My husband’s dead” isle. So, I hit up Google. I found great authors who feel more like friends.  To hear another person tell their story feels like a guidebook when I need it. I’ve also shared my resource list with those who haven’t lost a spouse. I think hearing many perspectives helps others understand what we go through. The following list has made me laugh, cry and feel 10,000% less crazy.

  • The Hot, Young Widows Club by Nora McInerny
  • Sit Down and Shut Up by John Polo
  • This Isn’t the Life I Ordered by Jennifer Weigel
  • Confessions of a Mediocre Widow by Catherine Tidd
  • Your Fully Charged Life by Meaghan B Murphy
  • The Beauty of What Remains by Steve Leder
  • No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny
  • Dead Dad Club by Katie Moulton
  • Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab
  • Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
  • Widow 180 podcast
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast
  • My Person Died Too Podcast

Hopefully you can find some piece of mind, and a good laugh to go along with these great reads!


Nicole “Nikki” Jacquez started her journey in July 2020 when her husband, Jeremy, was diagnosed with stage one pancreatic cancer. Jeremy fought bravely but lost his battle in January 2021. He left behind Nikki, their daughter Mia, and countless friends and family. Becoming a widow at 29, Nikki has made it a priority to help educate and have open discussions about the unexpected in life. Nikki has made it a priority to live life to its fullest and to keep having as many adventures as she and Jeremy would have had together. Nikki is learning to live her next chapter in life and is hoping to help other widows be able to do the same.