Sex After Grief
Sex After Grief
by Joan Price
Sex can be complicated — but when there is grief, it’s especially confusing. How do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we’re grieving the death of a partner? Why does taking care of ourselves sexually even matter at a time when we’d rather hide under the covers and retreat from the world? What do we do with those sexual feelings that arise despite our misery? How do we know when it’s time to open ourselves to a new sexual relationship, whether it’s a friend with benefits or a new love connection? And how do we do it?
In Sex after Grief, the top expert on senior sex, Joan Price, describes her own experiences as a widow since 2008, when she lost the love of her life to cancer. She shares her own raw grief journey, her sexual reawakening (and the many stumbles along the way), her attempts to dip back into the dating pool, along with excellent advice on how to handle each step.
Joan Price’s revelatory approach to sex after loss includes excerpts from many other grievers’ personal stories. These narratives from folks of all genders and orientations who have grieved have much in common, yet also much that’s different. Some jumped into sex quickly. Some took years. Some withdrew from sexual possibility. Some shared their bodies but not their hearts. As these people open their private lives and thoughts, you’ll come away realizing that no one is wrong, and no choice is defective or shameful.
Sex After Grief is 170 pages of inspiring tales of how different people brought sex back into their lives after the loss of their spouse or partner.
• Guidelines for dating again and getting sexual with a new person
• Reasons that solo sex is healthy and can be the path to feeling sexual again
• Descriptions of non-traditional sexual relationships, such as the “Pilot Light Lover” and friends with benefits
• Advice from therapists, grief counselors, and sex coaches
• Self-help takeaways for creating your own action plan