S4-EP15: Suzanne Carmichael on Reimagining Widowhood
Debbie talks to retired attorney, journalist, and activist Suzanne Carmichael about reimagining widowhood.
Debbie talks to Suzanne Carmichael about navigating a new phase of her life as a widow at age 78.
Becoming a widow is one of Debbie’s greatest fears. But it is a reality for many married women after age 65. She invited Suzanne, a new friend in coastal Maine, on the show to learn more about how she is handling the experience.
Suzanne’s husband Don passed away in August of 2020 after what she calls a 46-year love affair. The early stages of grief were awful, she tells us. But then she realized she still had a lot of energy and wanted to do something with it. Thus was born her blog, titled Aging Fearlessly.
Suzanne has also created a new nonprofit, Maine Widows in Action, to support and educate widows who want to be change agents in their communities and beyond. It’s a perfect match for her background as a retired public interest attorney.
This is a nuanced conversation about loneliness, pain, bravery, opportunity, and practicality.
Mentioned in this episode or useful:
- Suzanne Carmichael’s Aging Fearlessly blog
- Maine Widows in Action
- Reimagining ‘widowhood’ in the 21st Century
- Craftsman creates works of art that help people walk about Don Carmichael’s cane making (Ellsworth American 2018)
- ‘Aging Fearlessly’ blog tackles interesting topics for seniors (NewsCenter Maine)
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