Confessions of a Mediocre Widow Catherine Tidd
Just days before her 11th wedding anniversary, 31-year-old Catherine Tidd, a wife and mother of three children under the age of 6, was told that her husband had been in a serious accident. After crashing headlong into the side of a truck while riding his motorcycle to work, Brad Tidd was rushed to the hospital where complications from the crash led to his death. In one moment, Catherine’s entire life was thrown into chaos. The future they planned together was gone and there was no roadmap for how to grieve for her husband. In her search for a sympathetic voice in books and online, Catherine found that no one could quite relate to her experience.
Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is a look at her journey through the odyssey of losing a spouse and its many missteps, crying jags, fights, bouts of hilarity, and surprising insights. Catherine shares the story of how she honored her husband and herself, got her kids through the initial days (perhaps with more sugar and television than might’ve been necessary), and finally came to terms with her grief.
To broaden the dialogue and offer support to new widows, Catherine founded a website called “The Widdahood” and amassed a dedicated following on Facebook as the “Widow Chick.” In Confessions of a Mediocre Widow, Catherine hopes to share an unexplored side of widowhood, one rarely discussed in books—the perspective she wished she could’ve read when she first experienced her loss.
Catherine is a motivational speaker who focuses on “finding joy in an unexpected life” and thriving after loss. She is a contributing author to the Thin Threads anthology focusing on Grief and Renewal, Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Grief, Loss & Healing, and Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories for Handling the Holidays After Loss. She is a writer for The Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas and her work can also be found in the upcoming publication The Widow’s Handbook. Originally from Louisiana, Ms. Tidd currently lives in Colorado.
Published by Sourcebooks in January, 2014.