It all started for Jenny when her husband said one evening that he’d been feeling a bit dizzy. No big deal, right? Call the doctor, get to the bottom of it…boom…fixed!? Not quite. A simple trip to internal medicine and an MRI turned into brain surgery two days later, followed by a diagnosis of brain cancer (glioblastoma … same type as John McCain, Beau Biden, Teddy Kennedy). And then 8 months of cancer & caregiving, and then he was gone. She set out to write the book that she wanted so desperately to find when she first became a widowed parent at the age of 43. She wanted to know what to expect. Kind of like that book “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” But more like “what to expect when the other parent dies.” She had been kicking the idea of a podcast around for over two years, trying to figure out what approach would make sense.-because she’s not a therapist or a grief counselor. Jenny Lisk is the host of a podcast called The Widowed Parent. Her shows offers advice and her story as a fellow widowed parent on a mission … a mission to help her kids to somehow thrive in spite of their terrible loss. Join us this week as we discuss:

  • A death sentence
  • At what point do I need to step in
  • I had to jump into action
  • No Bucket List Experience
  • I think maybe I have cancer
  • That sounds awful
  • I guess that’s just how I am these days
  • Interesting, because I’m not an artist
  • You can’t pause parenting
  • Getting over ‘Why Me’
  • How do I know what issue this is?
  • Poke at it further
  • Grief is not a problem to be fixed
  • That would be doubly tragic
  • I need to figure out how to build a website
  • Extending their legacy

Recommended Resources

Free guide “What I’ve learned about widowed parenting”:


The Widowed Parent Podcast:


Megan’s Cards for Cancer:


My recent Thrive Global piece “How Becoming A Young Widow Taught Me To Turn Grief Into Action”:

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