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, gender identification, technical marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, length of time married, length of time widowed or 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 visit and more importantly, 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..." (New Horizon Press); "Happily EVEN After…” (Viva Editions); "When Bad Things Happen to Good Women" (Viva Editions) and her latest book, "Loss is a Four Letter Word..." (HCI Books); as well as the bestselling spoken-word CD, entitled, "Widows Wear Stilettos: What Now?".  You can learn more about Carole on the "Bio/Testimonials" page

Carole's latest release, “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".  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 from over forty different women 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.

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, the book that started it all, "Widows Wear Stilettos" is a critically acclaimed, must-have guide for the widowed that is now enjoying its eleventh year on national bestseller lists.  In addition to sound emotional and practical advice, "Widows Wear Stilettos..." includes quizzes, affirmations, "contracts" and other actionable steps that are designed to help you gauge your recovery in progress. 

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE:  "Widows Wear Stilettos...", the book that started it all, is now going into its second edition! The second edition will feature content from the original book, plus updated chapters, new chapters, new resources and more; all to better serve the widowed community and the people who surround it. Details will be coming soon.

Carole's best-selling, spoken-word CD, entitled,  "Widows Wear Stilettos: What Now?" is a valuable healing tool that offers comfort and direction as you move through the first difficult weeks and months after your spouse's death and also speaks to those who may have been widowed for awhile, yet may feel "stuck" in their grief.  Rather than a "book on audio", the CD is a helpful companion to the books and all widowed will be able to utilize the important education, insights, opinions and advice that are offered.  You can purchase the CD directly from this page by scrolling down. 

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 Instagram at "@CaroleBrodyFleet" and on Facebook at "Carole Brody Fleet" (verified account) to meet new friends and share thoughts and ideas with other widowed.  Both pages also feature daily 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



The loss of a spouse is frightening.  The loss of a spouse brings us to our knees.  The loss of a spouse leaves us feeling rudderless.  The ensuing grief can be all-consuming and seemingly never-ending.  Regardless of the circumstances, spousal loss devastates in countless ways.  Whether the loss is brand new or decades old, it nonetheless cuts, wounds and scars.  Worst of all and if we permit it to do so, widowhood can be capable of keeping us from moving forward into a life of abundance and peace.

“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, straightforward practical advice with specific boot camp lessons, “assignments” and affirmations that are framed with equal parts compassion and humor; all designed to help the widowed move forward from (not “get over”) a profound loss in a healthy and positive way. 


Perfect for both the newly widowed as well as those who may have been grieving for years and regardless of age, gender, technical marital status or sexual orientation, “Loss is a Four-Letter Word…" also contains chapters ideal for those who wish to learn how to best support the bereaved through a most challenging life-journey. Click on the book cover to order from Amazon. 


"Detective Carlos"



"Filling a Need"


"Turning Tragedy into Triumph"


"My Black Friday Lesson"



"Body Beautiful"


"Put Your Mask On First"

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Books for a Better Life Award Winner

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Celebrating twelve consecutive years as an international bestseller



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As an honoree and recipient of the Embrace Life Award

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

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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 expert assistance. Any application of the recommendations set forth at www.widowswearstilettos.com is at the visitor's discretion and sole risk.


** Please note that no suggestion and/or recommendation is meant to replace expert medical, legal or financial expert assistance.  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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