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I created this book of my widow experiences to help other widows feel less lonely and to help them see what a new life could look like. It is a gentle guide showing you a path, so you too can create your own new life. 


Kate Seidman, Author

I never thought I would be a widow. It never occurred to me Mitch would ever die. He was strong and fearless. Then, when he was about to turn 66, he got very sick and died suddenly. I was in shock and living in a fog. 

I moved my wedding ring to my right hand; it is a sign of having once been married. I am now a single woman. It was uncharted territory, uncomfortable and lonely. 

I created this book of my widow experiences to help other widows feel less lonely and to help them see what a new life could look like. I tried to make this book easy to read and as funny as I could considering the subject. The book has stories, poems, facts, and my illustrations. Simply, it is a gentle guide showing you a path, giving you some ideas, so you too, can create your own new life. 


Standing in these colors




Here in these colors

If I could scream loud enough

I can almost reach Mitch



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Praise for the Book


Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

Author of The Dance of Anger and Why Won’t You Apologize?

The Widow Roadmap is on of the dearest books I’ve read in a long time—a wondrous, brave, heartbreaking, life-affirming, and beautifully illustrated account of moving through sudden and unexpected loss. I love, love, love this book. I could not put it down.


Larry Hirschhorn

Author of Workplace Within 


Dr. Marla Isaacs

Author of The Difficult Divorce

Kate's delightful sketches bring a certain whimsy and lightness to the reader's experiences. And the totality of the story shows what a great love can mean and do for the human spirit.


Lindsay Crouse

Academy award-nominated actress

This is a one-of-a-kind book about deep mourning that heals you as you read it. Kate Seidman writes with a light touch, beautiful and tender and true. She is our Persephone, guiding us as we travel with her from the depth of despair to the light of a new day.


Paul Lewis

Boston College Professor of English Emeritus, author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict

The Widow Roadmap takes us on a journey from bereavement and heartache to the discovery of new meaning. Without ever denying the enormity of her loss or the practical challenges of coping with unfamiliar tasks, Seidman finds solace, through tears and laughter, in the love of friends and family, the joy of discovering new places, and the dance of life. A powerful and honest memoir.


Dr. Royce Fitts

Author of The Geography of the Soul: Dreams, Reality, and the Journey of a Lifetime

This book, with beautiful art and sketches—drawn by Kate—and her gentle humor, offers the one who is left behind, a map of compassion for the awful confusion of loss. You already know this path is full of anguish that knows no sense nor logic. You may be walking this now. Kate knows this and has sketched a gift to transform this awful dream into healing and beauty.


Abbe Smith

Author of Guilty People and Carried Away: The Chronicles of a Feminist Cartoonist

Whimsical and profound, deeply personal and yet universal, Kate Seidman’s enchanting book about her journey through widowhood is a must-read for anyone who has experienced loss, no matter what kind. This is a book to read, reread, and savor—especially if you need a good laugh or cry. Move over Alison Bechdel and Roz Chast!


The next morning

I was the only one up.

I made coffee.

I looked out my window

at the ocean.

The world was showing itself to me anew.

The sun was shining brightly on the water

The air was electric—

The contrast between the beauty before me

And the loneliness within me was overpowering.

I began to cry

I knew nothing would ever be the same again.



Kate Seidman Press

Interviews and Events Coming Soon!

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For a time, you continue to be entwined.


Slowly, he begins to wither away, and you

start the long, hard process of

untangling from him.


The untangling, the separating, the

deconstructing—is grieving.


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