Welcome to Widows Wear Stilettos**.  If you are widowed, let us first convey our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your beloved.  There truly are no words to describe the pain, the grief and the loneliness that you are feeling.  We are always profoundly sorry when someone needs us; yet at the same time, we are delighted that you found us and that we can be of service to you. 


We are proud to serve anyone who has suffered or may be facing the loss of a spouse / partner; regardless of age, technical marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, length of time married, length of time widowed or the specific circumstances surrounding spousal death.  If you are visiting on behalf of a loved one or friend who is widowed or who may be facing widowhood, thank you for taking the time to locate assistance and support for your loved one.  Please be sure to visit the, "Fleet Speak" page to locate additional helpful recommendations and resources.


The site is based on the books by multiple award-winning author, media contributor and grief / life-adversity recovery expert, Carole Brody Fleet, entitled, "Widows Wear Stilettos..." (Armin Lear Press, Second Edition); "Happily EVEN After…” (Viva Editions); "When Bad Things Happen to Good Women" (Viva Editions) and "Loss is a Four Letter Word..." (HCI Books).  You can learn more about Carole on the "Meet Carole" page


From the very first days and weeks after widowhood, to coping months and even years later; from legal and financial transitioning to returning to the workplace; from learning how to cope with holidays, anniversaries and other momentous lifetime events to quick, easy and healthy recipes, "Widows Wear Stilettos" , the book that "started it all", is a critically acclaimed, must-have guide for the widowed that is now enjoying its twelfth year on bestseller lists around the world.  In addition to sound emotional and practical advice, "Widows Wear Stilettos..."  also includes quizzes, affirmations, "contracts" and other actionable steps that are designed to help you gauge your recovery in progress. 

"Widows Wear Stilettos..."  is now in its second edition! The second edition features all original content, PLUS updated chapters, brand new chapters, new resources and more; all to better serve the widowed community and the people who support it. Scroll down for details!

“Loss is a Four Letter Word: A Bereavement Boot Camp - Kick Grief in the Ass and Take Your Life Back” (HCI Books) combines both no-nonsense, directed advice with specific boot camp “assignments” that are framed with compassion and humor; all designed to help the widowed move forward from their profound loss in a healthy, proactive and positive way.  Appropriate for both newly widowed men and women as well as those who may have been grieving for years, “Loss is a Four Letter Word…" is also ideal for those who wish to learn how to best support the bereaved through a most challenging life-journey.  The book also contains journaling space and numerous resources for those in crisis; as well as contact information for organizations who specifically support the widowed.

"When Bad Things Happen to Good Women: Getting You (or Someone You Love) Through the Toughest Times" (Viva Editions) is described as, "the go-to guide for anyone going through any kind of loss or life challenge"Featuring true stories from over forty women, the book is a unique and fresh approach to successfully coping with and moving forward from many of the challenges that most women have or will face in today’s world; including: 


* Advice and insights from those who have direct experience in coping with each challenge featured.

* Many wonderful resources offering additional help and guidance.

* The three most common mistakes that many make in the guise of helping someone in need; along with

   essential advice as to how to best provide support in each individual situation.

* The two most important things that anyone in crisis requires.

* Even more great advice, tips and insight on widowhood and how to both survive it and thrive in spite of it.

Winner of the  Books for a Better Life Award, one of the top national awards in publishing, "Happily EVEN After..." (Viva Editions) is a question-and-answer guide that answers the most common and pressing questions that the widowed generally have, both immediately following a spouse's death as well as months and even years thereafter.  The questions contained in the book are excerpted from thousands of actual letters written by real widowed and the responses are Carole's actual answers to those questions; based upon considerable personal and professional experience and insight.  "Happily EVEN After..." also includes observations and commentary; explaining the questions and issues that you will find contained in each chapter; so that no matter where you are on your Healing Journey, you can easily access answers to your own particular questions and situatiions.

Carole is additionally a six-time contributor to the iconic "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series; available in stores everywhere.  Click on the book covers below for more information. 




Don't forget to visit and “like” Carole's page on Facebook at "Carole Brody Fleet" (verified account) and on Instagram at "@CaroleBrodyFleet".  There,  you will meet new friends and share thoughts and ideas with other widowed.  Both pages also feature regular inspiration, updates and occasional hot-topic discussions of interest to those in the widowed community.  While you are on Facebook, be sure to submit your request to join the "WWS Peer-Led Support Forum" page, which is a great place to chat, share experiences and make some of the best friends that you will ever know.





Carole and talk show host, Meredith Vieira






After enjoying twelve years as an international bestseller, “Widows Wear Stilettos…”  is now in its second edition; brought to you by Armin Lear Press and

with both its popular original content and brand new features, including:

  • Information dedicated to technically unmarried survivors and members of the LGBTQ community.

  • Targeted advice and direction in coping with a variety of challenging situations; ranging from returning to the workplace post-bereavement, to dealing with those seeking to take advantage of the widowed. 

  • A comprehensive list of resources and contact information for widowed who are in immediate crisis (as well as for those who love and support them).

  • New advice, information and insights on dating, intimacy, fashion, diet and exercise.

  • New advice and information for those considering remarriage.

  • Dealing with your widowhood in the age of social media.

  • Coping with those who would seek to compromise your grief recovery.


…and much more.


"Widows Wear Stilettos…” proudly continues its tradition in providing the necessary reassurance that while different, there is still a life to be lived, even after the trauma of spousal loss. Most importantly, “Widows Wear Stilettos…” offers the greatest gifts to the widowed that can be proffered…the gifts of hope and promise for an abundant future. 


"Detective Carlos"



"Filling a Need"


"My Black Friday Lesson"


"Turning Tragedy into Triumph"



"Body Beautiful"


"Put Your Mask On First"

Visit a bookstore near you OR click on any book cover to order at Amazon

Books for a Better Life Award Winner

#1 Amazon Hot New Release

#1 Amazon Hot 100 and #1 Hot New Release




(see "Bio/Testimonials" page 

or click here for additional information


As an honoree and recipient of the Embrace Life Award

As the winner of the Books for a Better Life Award (Relationships category)


As a full member. 

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                                                                                                  IN MEMORIAM


      Michael Alan Fleet, Sr.                                                                                                               Teddie Lee Tillett

July 21, 1945 – December 19, 2000                                                                                December 28, 1953 – March 23, 2016

  Always and Forever Riding High                                                                                            Beloved Sister of the Soul



* All suggestions regarding medical, financial and legal subject matter are based upon the information, belief and personal opinions of Carole Brody Fleet only and should not be construed as directed advice. The ideas, suggestions and procedures reflected at www.widowswearstilettos.com are not intended as a substitute for medical, financial or legal expert assistance. Any application of the recommendations set forth at www.widowswearstilettos.com is at the visitor's discretion and sole risk.


** Carole Brody Fleet, her representatives and / or employees or assigns do not receive any remuneration whatsoever for any resources provided or recommendations made herein. 


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