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Widowhood: The Grief, The Challenges

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One of the most difficult times in marriage comes when your spouse dies. Most of us don’t want to think about it or talk about it. Yet, it’s a part of life that we shouldn’t box up and set to the side in hushed silence, because sooner or later, one partner WILL have to confront this most unwelcome situation. Whether death is unexpected or you nurse your beloved through a long illness, a flood of emotions takes over as well as a forced new life without your partner. Tonight’s guest is Carla Hartley who will share her story and grief regarding her beloved husband Ray of almost 39 years. Ray Hartley was diagnosed with cancer on December 23 and died seven weeks later on Feb. 18, 2010. Carla Hartley is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 8. She pioneered a distance education for midwives in 1981 and has helped hundreds of women become midwives over the past thirty years. Carla is the founder of The Trust Birth Initiative and the author of Helping Hands, The Apprentice Workbook. She has had an enormously positive influence in encouraging women to reclaim birth and has organized successful conferences during the past several years. Visit: www.trustbirth.com. Carla married her high school sweetheart right out of high school and spent almost 39 years as the wife of Ray Hartley. He has been sorely missed by Carla and the rest of the family.