Driving Solo: Dealing With Grief and the Business of Financial Survival

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9781629670195: Driving Solo: Dealing With Grief and the Business of Financial Survival

The Spouse You Loved Is Gone NOW WHAT? You’re on your own, and your life feels upside-down. Yet, while you try to make sense of your loss, grief, and out-of-control emotions, you’re also expected to manage the complex logistics of legal, governmental, and financial issues related to death.

Yes, you—and only you—are in charge of major decisions regarding wills, trusts, attorneys, taxes, budgets, Social Security, insurance ... and on and on. And while you’re drowning in paperwork, you’re also drowning in grief. It’s an overwhelming, brutal double-whammy.

Susan Alpert has been exactly where you are. When Larry, her husband of 46 years passed away after a devastating illness, she went through all the stages of grief, depression, confusion, and just plain misery you or someone you love may be feeling right now.

In Driving Solo, Dealing with Grief and the Business of Financial Survival, she chronicles her journey from hearing that her husband has a life threatening disease, to the day he died, through hitting rock-bottom, to ultimately redefining herself and regaining control over her life.

Despite having owned and operated multi-million-dollar businesses, Susan was completely unprepared for what she now calls “The Business of Grief.” What do you file first? To whom do you reach out for help? Who do you trust? Which government and financial institutions do you need to notify, and when? And how do you manage these responsibilities when you can barely get out of bed in the morning?

The book is both a love story and a tale of survival. The bonus is that in a practical, directed method Susan shows the reader how one can get through the aloneness, fear and sense of feeling completely adrift. This is the lifeline you have been looking for.

The first part of the book will help you validate your sanity, the second part, the step by step manual, will save your financial life.

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About the Author:

Susan Covell Alpert is the creator of the Chaos to Control program, which coaches people through the business aspects of death and other major life changes, and the author of Driving Solo, Dealing with Grief and the Business of Financial Survival.

Susan, a successful businesswoman, educator, and serial entrepreneur, lost her husband of 46 years to leukemia in 2008 and found herself drowning in a sea of paperwork that only compounded her grief. Believing that no one else should have to face the confusing legal and financial obligations of loss alone, she created her step-by-step methodology, as well as her first book, Driving Solo—a combination of the business and emotional journeys that come with the death of a spouse.

Susan is the founder of several companies, including Motivation Resources; International Travel Incentives, Inc.; The Left Handed Complement; numerous focus groups including “Soaring in Your Sixties”; and most recently her own consulting firm.

Susan has a Masters of Science in Psychology and Education, and impressive experience in the fields of negotiation, finance, international services and business. She is dedicated to helping others regain control over their lives during this most raw and distressing time.


Susan Alpert s heartfelt story and practical guidance will take you out of the fear and overwhelm you may feel after personal or financial loss and instability. --Lauren Klein, President and Founder of Klein Financial Advisors

Thought-provoking and sincere, Susan Alpert s book brings to light the many emotions one experiences through the loss of a spouse, and/or financial crisis. This is a must read for anybody struggling to find the light at the end of the tunnel. --Ken Druck, Ph.D., author, The Real Rules of Life

This book has all the answers for anyone who has lost a dear one to death. Susan s words read like a private diary of a woman consumed with bottomless, unrelenting grief. Susan will offer enormous comfort and a well thought out roadmap for dealing with end-of-life decisions and their aftermath. --Mary Monaghan, Miraval Resort & Spa

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