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Multi-Award Winning Book by

Kathleen Rehl

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Auther| Legacy Storyteller| Advocate


As a zesty Boomer, I’m gratefully continuing to create and contribute . . .  happily using my skills and experience to encourage others to live their best life, also.


Now in my 77th year, I love being "reFired"! That’s NOT vintage retirement. Rather, this chapter is about family, fun, focused-purpose, friends, and fitness.


I still pen pieces about widows and money, while also writing legacy stories, poems, and letters. I continue speaking at selected conferences and lifelong-learning centers. Plus, I help charitable organizations grow their endowments.


Since my guidebook for widows was published, I've moved forward in many ways. So can you after a major transition such as widowhood. I hope you find the tools and articles on my site interesting.


Go here to see lots of my stories and what others have written or said about my work. Want a full resume and story of origin from my heart? Go here to read that.

Thanks for encouraging widowed persons on their journeys. 

Click photo for Kathleen's recent interview on the Retire Sooner program hosted by Wess Moss--What Widows Need to Know About Their Financial Future.


Free Tools


2021-23 Selected Stories & More 

191+ Articles Including Research Studies

Next Avenue

"I Helped My Mother to Live and Later Die"

"What to Do Before You Kick the Bucket"

Journal of Financial Service Professionals

"Financial Satisfaction Postwidowhood: The Role of Resilience"

"Jane Fonda and I Happily Agree About Drinking After 60"

The Chicago Money Show

"Aging Gracefully and Money"

"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"

Charitable Gift Planners of Tampa Bay

"Widows, Wives & Friends" 

"I Celebrated One Year Wine-Free" and reprinted on

"All Together Now"

Purposeful Planning Institute

“Giving Twice with a T-CRUT" webinar

"You Are Wealthier Than You Think"

"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" 

Humble Dollar

"Better Than Cake"

"Better Than a New Year's Resolution--Big Grin Goal"


"Here Are the First Financial Steps to Make After Losing a Spouse"

"Focus on Investment Factors You Can Control"

"Better Than Dollars"

"Thoughts After My 75th Birthday"

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"

"Love Lasts Forever" and reprinted on

"Choose ReFirement Rather Than Retirement!"

Mindful Money

"Financial Advice for Widows & Enjoying ReFirement"

"The Joy of Reading Picture Books Virtually with My Long-Distance Grandchild"

"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


Practical aspects of working with widows interview

Out & About

Upcoming Out & About

October 1, 2023--"Death Cafe with Cake, Coffee, and Conversations" at UU Saratoga  in Saratoga Springs, NY
October 16, 2023--"Better than Cake: 'Legacy IRA' Rollover to Gift Annuity" at the Phoenix Gang annual gathering in Louisville, KY

Giving Forward

A portion of guidebook sales benefits widows and their children.THANKS! 
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Get in Touch

St. Petersburg, FL & Saratoga Springs, NY

Thanks for staying in touch!

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A few other writings

Other writings
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