The Do’s and Do Not Do’s After the Loss of a Spouse

on July 24, 2018 |By Amy Bertle | Women Dealing With Loss
If the death of a spouse isn’t bad enough, next comes dealing with the financial aftermath. The loss of a spouse can unleash a cascade of questions, tasks, and worries, especially if the spouse who passed away was “in charge” of the financial side of the household.   The first few months following the death of a spouse are going to be filled with questions surrounding what happens now. There are a few “dos and don’ts” to follow during these months.  
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Why Being Aware of Your Cash Flow Is Important

on July 02, 2018 |By Amy Bertle | Women Dealing With Loss
Elton John, Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson and Cyndi Lauper. What do they all have in common? They all filed for bankruptcy. We do not want to bring up famous bankruptcies to scare you. We want to show examples of people who made millions of dollars but did not know (or want to know) that their lifestyles were costing them more than what they were making. It doesn't matter how much money you make or have saved as a nest egg if the outflow is higher than the inflow, sooner or later the money will dry up.  
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The Role of Social Security in a Divorce

on June 18, 2018 |By Amy Bertle | Women Dealing With Loss
Even after finalizing a divorce, the planning is not over. It is time for Social Security benefits to play their role. The "who is entitled to what Social Security benefit and when" can add yet another layer to the complexity of a divorce in the years to come.
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Overcoming the “Not Feeling It” Mood

on April 26, 2018 |By Amy Bertle | Women Dealing With Loss
The “not feeling it” mood. We all experience it. That feeling where you would rather curl up in a little ball on the couch and count the hours until it’s now socially acceptable for you to go to bed. That feeling.   We must fight the temptation to give into this feeling. Giving in is giving into instant gratification, and instant gratification is one of the leading causes of regret and depression. Instead of giving in today, give in tomorrow. All you have to do today is go through the motions. 
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Giving While Grieving

on January 11, 2018 |By Amy Bertle | Women Dealing With Loss
What makes you happy? The answer to this question is not static. It changes from year-to-year, or even day-to-day, depending on what triumphs or challenges we are facing.   The loss of a loved one may drastically change what makes you happy. Doing the same things you always did with that other person may make things worse and not better. Staying home and watching a movie with your spouse may have been the highlight of your week and now it has turned into a depressing endeavor.
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