New book: “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child”

Stories of 18 Famous Widow/ers. Published by Act II Publications, LLC

Public Book Launch on International Widow’s Day: June 23

“After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child” Lisa Saunders - “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child”East Lyme, Conn.—Act II Publications, LLC, just released the second book in its “After the Loss of a Spouse” series. The new book, “After the Loss of a Spouse: Henry VIII to Julia Child” by Lisa Saunders, examines the bittersweet human condition of love and loss though the lens of history. By learning how these famous (and infamous) people managed their lives after the loss of a spouse, we come to realize the potential that exists in all of us. Anyone who loves a romantic history lesson will be intrigued by this book.

Click here to view on Amazon: After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child. Perfect for individuals and for groups. Includes questions for discussion.

The widow/ers featured in “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child” include: Mark Twain, George Palmer Putnam (Amelia Earhart’s widower), C.S. Lewis, Henry VIII, Martha Washington, Norman Rockwell, George Burns, Julia Child, Mary Todd Lincoln, Grandma Moses, Milton Hershey (Hershey's Kisses), Coretta Scott King, Captain von Trapp (of The Sound of Music), Hetty Green (world's greatest miser), Katharine Graham (of The Washington Post), William Gillette (aka Sherlock Holmes), Frances Wolfe Sisson (widow of Mystic, Connecticut, sea captain who perished in one of Texas’s worst maritime disasters), and Abby Day Slocomb (widow behind Connecticut State flag design who sent a recently opened time capsule from Europe during WWI).

Lisa Saunders - “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child”Review by David S. Martin, Professor/Dean Emeritus, Gallaudet University: "Lisa Saunders has written another fine piece of historically-based literature. Based on a unique and previously uncovered topic in history, this work encompasses a broad span of time and shows clearly the commonalities, as well as uniquenesses, of these stories about the famous. How they handled their loss, their guilt, and in some cases a plan for a future without their spouses, makes fascinating reading for anyone with interest in both the history and the human side of well-known figures."
About the Author: Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and TV talk show host residing in Mystic, Connecticut. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the author of several books and works as a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport. Visit Lisa at: AuthorLisaSaunders.comThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The public is invited to celebrate the book launch scheduled for June 23 to honor International Widow’s Day (un.org/en/events/widowsday).

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 2-4 p.m.

Book Launch: “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child”
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.
A Taste of New England
12 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, CT 06355
(More Info): www.atasteofnewengland.com, (860) 572-4896, Fran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other book events include:

Friday, August 12, 7:45 p.m.

Talk: "Tales of Famous Connecticut Widow's Walks"
Free and open to the public
Mystic River Yacht Club (next to Engine Room restaurant)
14 Holmes Street, Mystic, CT 06355, (More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860 536-0066)
Lisa Saunders, author of “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child” with discuss famous widow/ers with Connecticut ties such as Amelia Earhart’s widower, George Palmer Putnam (married in Noank); Mark Twain, who had a lot to say about Mystic; the widow behind the Connecticut State flag design, Abby Day Slocomb, who enclosed a challenge in a 100-year-old time capsule sent from Europe during WWI to Groton; William Gillette (a.k.a Sherlock Holmes) of Gillette's Castle in East Haddam; and the Guinness World Record Holder for "Greatest Miser," Hetty Green, who is connected to the last surviving wooden whaleship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, at Mystic Seaport.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m.

Talk: "After the Loss" Self-Improvement Series
Free and open to the public
Bank Square Books, 2nd floor, 53 W Main St, Mystic, CT 06355 (More info: www.banksquarebooks.com, 860 536-3795, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Authors Lisa Saunders and Dr. Joanne Z. Moore will discuss lifestyle options after the loss of a spouse. Saunders will tell stories of historic figures with Connecticut connections such as Amelia Earhart's widower and Mark Twain, while Dr. Moore will present modern strategies for developing a new philosophy of life after the disappointment of loss. Saunders and Dr. Moore are authors of the books, "After the Loss of a Spouse, Henry VIII to Julia Child" and "After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next?" respectively.

The first book in the “After the Loss of a Spouse” series is “After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next?” by Dr. Joanne Z. Moore. She is editor of the digital magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey and owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC, in East Lyme, Connecticut.

“After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child” Book Details: “After the Loss of a Spouse: Henry VIII to Julia Child
Published: May 25, 2016
Act II Publications, LLC
$9.95 U.S.
150 pages
Paperback: 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Interior black and white

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“Rebuilding Your Life After Loss” at Middlesex Hospital Outpatient Center

Presentation: “Rebuilding Your Life After Loss”

--Dr. Joanne Z. Moore Offers Strategies on May 18, 2016


Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required

Middletown, Conn.-- Dr. Joanne Z. Moore PT, DHSc, OCS, Editor and Founder of Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, shares her unique perspective on how to not only survive a loss, but also handle the small things that frequently overwhelm you as a result.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Middlesex Hospital Outpatient Center
Conference Center (2nd Floor next to Physical Therapy Department)
534 Saybrook Road, Middletown, CT, 06457

Dr. Moore will offer strategies for honoring the memory of your loved one and perpetuating their spirit. When Dr. Moore was widowed, she sought out mentors for living in a new way, and was inspired by the stories of more experienced widows and widowers. This prompted her to found the magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, and write her guidebook, After the Loss of a Spouse: What’s Next?

This presentation can help you:

• Start taking the next steps to rebuild your life after your loss
• Learn positive ways to honor your loved one
• Meet others who are in similar circumstances

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please call or e-mail: Sherry Russenberger, 860-358-6091 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Guidebook, After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next? Provides Practical Advice

after the loss of a spouse coverEast Lyme, Conn.— Act II Publications, LLC, announces the release of new guidebook, After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next? by Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc. Dr. Moore is the editor of the digital magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey and owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC.

After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next? is a concise guidebook for rebuilding a life after the loss of a spouse. Compassionately written, Moore offers strategies for honoring the memory of the marriage and perpetuating the influence of his or her spirit. A series of activities guides the reader to develop a new philosophy of life that will serve as a foundation for joyful and meaningful years ahead. Topics include getting one’s affairs in order, finance, exercise, home, health, emotions, decision making, family, travel, friendship, hobbies, return to dating, pets, managing mistakes, setting goals, and the problems of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Perfect for individuals and for groups.

Review by Marlisa L. Mills, MSW LCAS, Director of Bereavement and Family Support Services, Connecticut Hospice, Inc.: Dr. Joanne Moore shares her unique perspective on how to not only survive the loss of a spouse, but also how to handle the small things that frequently overwhelm widows and widowers. This is an excellent book with down to earth, practical guidance. As a bereavement director in a large hospice, I intend to use this book for my families.

When Dr. Moore was widowed, she sought mentors for living in a new way. She was inspired by the stories of more experienced widows and widowers. This prompted her to found the magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, and write After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next?

Dr. Moore's story and passion for supporting others is told in Right This Minute’s “There is Life After Loss” and “Pathfinder Helps People Find Theirs.” She is a Distinguished Toastmaster (Toastmaster International), and enjoys speaking on end of life and bereavement issues.

After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next? is available on Amazon. For more information about Dr. Moore, visit Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey at http://pathfindermag.com, or contact her at 860-460-0248, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., PO Box 752, East Lyme, CT 06333.

Book Details:
After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next?
Price: $9.95
Paperback: 118 pages
Publisher: Act II Publications, LLC (November 4, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0578169215
ISBN-13: 978-0578169217
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches Buy on Amazon

More information about Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc:
Owner, Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC
131 Boston Post Road, East Lyme, CT
(860) 739-4497

Widow Invests Inheritance in Magazine to Help Others Rebuild Their Lives After Loss

APRIL 24, 2015
Informational and inspirational articles free in online April edition of Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er's Journey

East Lyme, Conn.— When Dr. Joanne Z. Moore lost her husband, she found very little long-term support. After listening to the stories of others who found a way to move forward, Moore founded the magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, to support those who strive to live joyful and meaningful lives after loss.

Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc, a physical therapist from East Lyme, Connecticut, became a widow in 2009 after 37 years of marriage. She is using her husband’s life insurance to invest in the lives of others through the magazine. She said, “Pathfinder gives ideas to those who must follow a new life path. Friends and family of the widowed also benefit from Pathfinder because they want to know how to best support them. This magazine helps listeners be more comfortable as they provide condolences.”

The April issue of Pathfinder, which has been made free this month, features how actor George Burns moved forward after Gracie died (and the secret he finally revealed to the public), recipes for cooking solo, and how the expressive arts help children and adults process grief. Articles also include:

How to plant a memorial garden
FOR MEN: 12 WAYS TO KNOW YOU’RE READY TO DATE
Humor...Like a Chocolate Chip Cookie
Health & Wellness – What if I get sick?
The Widows of 9/11 Inspire a Playwright
Poetry – Come Lie With Me
Zentangle® – Patterns to Peace
Dreams – A Guide to Wholeness
Jane Allen – Attracted to Community and Culture

Dr. Moore said, “We hope you enjoy this free online April issue. Subscriptions to the paper version of Pathfinder are a great way to have this compassionate and positive magazine delivered to anyone who has experienced the loss of a spouse.” Subscriptions to Pathfinder are $26 a year. Click here to subscribe.

Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc., a noted speaker and workshop facilitator on end-of-life and survivor issues, is a member of Toastmasters International, and has achieved Distinguished Toastmaster level. She is the owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC, in East Lyme. Moore is the author of the soon-to-be released book, Common Sense: Strategies for Living a Joyful and Meaningful Life after Loss. If you would like to receive a monthly newsletter from Dr. Moore, click here.

For more information, contact Dr. Joanne Z. Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.widowedpathfinder.com. Watch her interview on widowhood, finding support, and Pathfinder magazine on Ledge Light Healthwatch – Health for Widows (or go to: http://original.livestream.com/grotonmunicipaltelevisionlive/video?clipId=pla_1af4b690-2be1-43c9-af67-22b2468678fd).

Photographs of Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc., and the magazine are available upon request, and past issues of Pathfinder for downloading.

Widowed Humorist Launches “Poor Widow Me” Column in Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Carol Scibelli

Poor Widow MeEast Lyme, Conn.— Carol Scibelli, an award-winning freelance humor writer and speaker, is launching her column, “Poor Widow Me,” in the new national magazine Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, beginning with the April 2015 issue.

Scibelli of Manhattan, New York, is the author of the memoir, Poor Widow Me: Moments of feeling & dealing & finding the funny along the way (Pigeon Press, 2011.) Book excerpt: “While I was waiting for his death to sink in, I’d sit on the floor of my closet, talking directly to my husband’s shirts and pants. They were unresponsive, but I knew in my heart that his Dockers missed me very much, too.”*

Scibelli says, “My humor column, ‘Poor Widow Me,’ is about finding the funny in widowhood. When life goes wrong, isn’t that the right time to lighten it with humor?”

Pathfinder publisher, Dr. Joanne Z. Moore of East Lyme, Conn., said, “Carol's down-to-earth humor takes the edge off of stress, and helps us to see things in perspective. Learning how to laugh again after the loss of a spouse is so important. I'm thrilled to share Carol's insights with our readers."

Scibelli’s humorous essays have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Hartford Courant, and dozens of weekly publications. She received first place in Writer's Forum Magazine’s “Imitation Erma Bombeck Contest” and received several Long Island Press Club Awards for Humor.

Scibelli is a member of the New York Friars Club, an association of comedians and celebrities, where she heads the “Meet Your Fellow Friars” committee and contributes to its newsletter, Friar’s Epistle.

The lifestyle magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, offers advice on money, health, home, travel, friendship, dating, and return to work, in addition to inspirational articles on spirituality, art, poetry, and developing new hobbies. It includes stories of modern and famous historical people who have either lived the widowed stage of life well or have struggled.

For more information about Pathfinder, contact Dr. Moore at 860-460-0248, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.widowedpathfinder.com.

Carol Scibelli can be reached at 212-951-0179, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit: www.carolscibelli.com.

*Images of Carol Scibelli and her memoir, Poor Widow Me: Moments of feeling & dealing & finding the funny along the way, are available on her website at: www.carolscibelli.com. Penny Marshall, actress/director/producer, reviewed Poor Widow Me book: "Brilliant concept and terrific writing…I can already see it as a movie or TV series."

Pathfinder Publication Sets New Direction For Aftercare Services

DECEMBER 10, 2014

East Lyme, Conn.— A new publication titled Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, is fast becoming a valuable resource for aftercare programs. The national publication based in southern New England, and launched last July was a response to publisher Dr. Joanne Z. Moore’s own need for resources after her husband passed away in 2009.

“I just couldn’t find anything I found helpful during that challenging time after Joe died,” said Moore. “So I decided to create it. Pathfinder is something men and women who have lost a spouse or partner can use, that offers informative articles from professionals as well as inspiring stories of people who have walked that journey.”

The monthly publication which is chock full of inviting photography, is a compassionate resource, but also a tool to compliment funeral services whether or not aftercare programs are already in place. If a funeral director provides a subscription to Pathfinder to their clients, this effortless act establishes a monthly presence that clients won’t easily forget. It is filled with articles related to history, the arts, spirituality, health and nutrition, finance, relationships, book and movie reviews and so much more. Each month a widow/er is featured with their inspiring story of how they worked through their grief and embraced life in spite of death.

Many aftercare programs provide grief counseling, referrals to community support groups, educational programs on grief and loss, and executor support programs. Pathfinder expands the offering to inspire people to live joyful and meaningful lives.

“A subscription is a monthly reminder of the funeral director’s care for the surviving spouse,” said Moore. “It’s a nice adjunct to the aftercare program.”

With an extremely encouraging response since its launch, future plans include workshops and retreats that will offer opportunities for those grieving to access tools, experiences, education and socialization that will assist them on the journey. Subscriptions are available in print and digital editions. Visit www.widowedpathfinder.com for more information or to subscrive.

Widowed Physical Therapist Launches Print Magazine

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey

Free sample online articles available at: www.widowedpathfinder.com

(See READ ONLINE > EDITOR’S CHOICE & 07-2014 EDITION JULY)

The first print edition of Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey.The first print edition of Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey.East Lyme, Conn.— The new magazine for widow/ers, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, is now available in print.

“Pathfinder is designed to support widows and widowers as they strive to live joyful and meaningful lives after loss,” says publisher Dr. Joanne Z. Moore, a physical therapist from East Lyme, Conn. “It gives ideas to those who must follow a new life path.” Moore became a widow herself in 2009 after 37 years of marriage.

Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey offers advice on money, health, home, travel, friendship, dating, and return to work, in addition to inspirational articles on spirituality, art, poetry, and developing new hobbies. It includes stories of modern and famous historical people who have either lived the widowed stage of life well or have struggled.

The first print issue of Pathfinder features:

• Dr. William Petit of Connecticut, whose wife and daughters were murdered in a home invasion, and the foundation he created in their memory.

• Gambling – a fairly common pastime for widow/ers, which can lead to devastation when entertainment becomes an addition.

• Chocolate king Milton Hershey, widowed for 30 years and founder of a school built for less fortunate children in honor of his late wife.

• Exercising over the age of 50.

• Pathfinder also features the health benefits of chocolate, couponing, the importance of gratitude, strategies for making new friends, poetry, a book review, and an introduction to retreat as a spiritual practice.

Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc., a noted speaker and workshop facilitator on end-of-life and survivor issues, is a member of Toastmasters International, and has achieved Distinguished Toastmaster level. She is the owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC, in East Lyme.

For more information, contact Dr. Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.widowedpathfinder.com

Media and event coordinators may contact Dr. Moore directly for her availability to speak, to publish an excerpt, or to receive a free print copy of the magazine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-448-5149 or visit: www.widowedpathfinder.com.

New Magazine – Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey

JULY 24, 2014

Developing Strategies for Living Well after Loss

Free July Online Issue

Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc. (Photo by Stephen W. Moore.)Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc. (Photo by Stephen W. Moore.)East Lyme, Conn. — The new magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, is now available online. The public can receive free access to the July 2014 issue at www.widowedpathfinder.com.

Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc., of East Lyme, Conn., founded Pathfinder to explore and share the successful practices of widow/ers—artists, politicians, teachers and historical figures—who have learned to live well after loss.

Dr. Moore said, “What makes Pathfinder unique is the slant on how widow/ers need to look at everyday issues in new ways. It is a community where they can ask advice of experts and of each other to find strategies for developing a life of joy and purpose.”

In addition to compassionate and honest sharing of experiences among widows and widowers, Pathfinder includes practical advice on managing finances, health, relationships, travel, and home and car maintenance.

The July 2014 issue of Pathfinder features a widow who found new meaning by pursuing a career in art; famous widower Norman Rockwell who took a non-art class that changed his life; and a widow who is perpetuating her husband's memory by continuing his forestry work.

Moore is the author of the soon-to-be released book, “Common Sense: Strategies for Living a Joyful and Meaningful Life after Loss.” A noted speaker and workshop facilitator on end-of-life and survivor issues, she is a member of Toastmasters International and has achieved Distinguished Toastmaster level. She is the owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC, in East Lyme.

For more information, contact Dr. Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.widowedpathfinder.com. Contact Dr. Moore directly for availability of magazine excerpts and images.

About the Publisher

Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc., lives in East Lyme, Connecticut. In addition to publishing Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, she is the owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC.

When Moore was widowed in 2009 after 37 years of marriage, she found few resources to help her negotiate the new path her life had taken. She said, “Being widowed is not a stage of life that most of us prepare for very well. When it happens, we need role models and friends to support us as we transition to a new way of living.”

Moore’s 40 years of experience as a physical therapist has taught her to value life at every stage, despite tragedy. She has observed people learning to adapt to a new, fulfilling life of purpose even after serious injury and degenerative diseases. She has learned that the people who are happiest are those who can find the good in new situations. She drew upon this experience when her own husband was diagnosed with cancer. She intentionally made the last stage of her marriage rich in love. Her husband commented that they saved the best for last, as it was a time of great intimacy and harmony. They valued that time together as much as they valued each stage of their marriage. After his death in 2009 after 37 years of marriage, she continues to live intentionally. She honors his memory by managing 260 acres of forestland that he intended to help with his grandchildren’s mortgages.

Moore’s Pathfinder magazine supports the widow/er by telling stories of how other people have managed this stage of life. Stories are as varied as the individuals experiencing their unique struggle. Some describe common pitfalls, and some are inspirational.

In addition to speaking on physical health, end-of-life and survivor issues, Dr. Moore presents a variety of lectures of interest to widow/ers and staff who work with them. Widow/er topics of interest include “Process for Decision Making”; “Common Financial Mistakes”; “Charting a Course for the Future”; “Rediscovering Joy and Purpose”; and “Developing Personal and Professional Goals.”

Moore earned her doctorate in Health Sciences from the University of St. Augustine. She studied physical therapy at Quinnipiac University, Conn., and earned a master’s degree in Human Performance from Southern Connecticut State University.

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