An In-Depth Memoir About Loss

Barbara METSKY Kretchmar ’60 has written a book to support women who have lost a spouse. In Widows – Our Words and Ways (Mill City Press 2019), Kretchmar has compiled the stories of 25 women of different ages, ethnicities, religions, and economic backgrounds who share how they had both struggled and coped with widowhood. The book fulfills Kretchmar’s long-standing desire to support women in their grieving process; in 1990, she herself became a widow at 46 years of age with two young children to raise. Part nonfiction account and part memoir, the book provides a lifeline to women who have endured a devastating experience.