JULY 24, 2014
Developing Strategies for Living Well after Loss
Free July Online Issue
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.
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.