They Lost a Spouse but Bounced Back: 5 Women’s Financial Stories

A look at how five widows got their financial lives in order and got to a better, brighter, more empowered place. They did it, and so can you.

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When you’ve just lost your spouse, you may be dealing with the loss of your life companion, your partner and best friend. It can be an overwhelming time, and it may be difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel, to a day when you might feel better and brighter about your emotional and financial future.

In times like these, it can be comforting to hear from women who have been there and made it to the other side.

Every year, women who lose their spouse are able to start fresh, move beyond the immediate and uncertain aftermath of this time, and begin living new lives. Here’s a look at how five of Francis Financial’s clients were able to get back on track after losing their partners.


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Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA®, CES™
President & CEO, Francis Financial Inc.

Stacy is a nationally recognized financial expert and the President and CEO of Francis Financial Inc., which she founded 15 years ago. She is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) who provides advice to women going through transitions, such as divorce, widowhood and sudden wealth. She is also the founder of Savvy Ladies™, a nonprofit that has provided free personal finance education and resources to over 15,000 women.