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My Story

Now in my 76th year, I love being "reFired"!

Certainly, it's NOT vintage retirement. This chapter includes family, fun, focused purpose (nonprofit ambassador and mentor), friends, and fitness (body, mind, spirit, and money). 

I'm still penning pieces about widows and money, while focusing on legacy writing--stories, poems, and letters. I continue speaking at selected conferences and college events. Plus, I help charitable organizations grow their endowments.

Since my guidebook for widows was published (about 80,000 copies in circulation now), I've moved forward in many ways. So can you after a major transition such as widowhood. Thanks to professionals and friends assisting my "widowed sisters." I hope you find tools and articles on my site interesting.

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Free Tools


Recent Stories & More

"I’m “Giving It Twice,” Helping My Son & Leaving a Lasting Legacy"

"6 Know-It-All Statements New Widows Don’t Want to Hear (and Alternatives That Are Actually Helpful)"

"How We Hosted Camp 'Grandma  & Grandpa' During the Pandemic"

CA Lutheran Univ. webinar


Next Gen Mentoring Forum interview focused on practical aspects of working with widows

"Two Ways I Found Later Life Love"

"Pennies from Heaven: Gifts from
My Guardian Angel"

"I Remember Growing Up in a Four-Generation Household"

"Final Thoughts"

"Giving Twice"

"How to Help Widows Avoid Financial Risks of Remarriage"

"Does Your Mother's Legacy Shape Your Own?"

"Shake Up Your Brain a Bit and Get Outside Your Comfort Zone" 

The Apple Tree

"Great Grandma's Bell"

"5 Easy Steps to Write a Legacy Letter for Family and Friends"

" Financial Advice for Widows: What to Do Before You Remarry" 

170+ Articles Including Research Studies

About Kathleen's work


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Out & About

How Can Financial Planners Assist Clients to “Give It Twice” with a T-CRUT?

January 18, 2022    Webinar hosted by California Lutheran University 

The Chicago Money Show features Kathleen Rehl

February 11, 2022    TV show hosted by Bridget Sulivan Mermel, CFP, CPA 

Legacy Storytellers Writing Circles 

Winter of 2022      Hosted by several nonprofits

What's Your Story? What's Your Legacy? Writing and Sharing Your Memoirs

Spring of 2022      Hosted by the Academy for Lifelong Learning at SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Moving Forward on Your Own: Financial Guidance for Widows

February 11, 2022    Hosted by The Chicago Money Show & Bridget Sullivan Mermel, CFP


Giving Forward

A portion of guidebook sales benefits widows and their children.

Out & About

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Get in Touch

St. Petersburg, FL & Saratoga Springs, NY

Thanks for staying in touch!

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