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About the Book

The New Normal: A Widows Guide to Grief is a true-life journey told by Dr Olga Lavalle as she and her children discover their new normal after the sudden death of her husband, Mick.
Dr Olga provides an honest and sometimes raw account of her family’s journey through that first year as they adjusted to life without a husband and father.

This book is the map of grief that Olga wished she’d had in 2014 when she’d said goodbye to Mick. It is a must read for both a recent widow and for those that love her and are hurting too. Filled with step by step strategies this book will be the one book on managing grief that you’ll be glad you read.

Dr Olga’s approach to grief has a depth of understanding today that only someone who’s been though the journey can feel. She cleverly weaves her Professional Psychologist’s voice with the voice of herself as a mother and widow Olga introduces us to her beautiful children who also share their perspective of those first days, weeks and months as they adjusted alongside their mother.  As you turn the pages, you’ll possibly shed a tear, definitely smile and nod knowingly and with absolute certainty, gain wisdom and clarity for you and your family’s journey to find your new normal too.

This heartfelt book is a step by step guide. You'll discover:

  • A kindred voice in Dr Olga, she understands what you’re going through
  • Help to manage the good days and the bad
  • What to expect as you experience grief
  • How to communicate how you feel
  • A checklist to tick off the overwhelming things to do
  • Clarity on what you need and how to ask for help
  • Understand what your children are going through and how to help
  • How to adjust to life without your loved one
  • Normalising what you are going through
  • Self-acceptance and guidance to slowly adjust to Your New Normal

About the Author

Dr Olga Lavalle is the Principal of Dr Olga Lavalle and Associates, a Psychology Practice near Sydney, Australia. Olga understands grief from two perspectives, as a Professional and first hand as a widow after the sudden death of her husband in 2014. She weaves her Professional Psychologist’s voice with the voice of herself as a mother and widow. Olga provides an honest and raw account of her family’s journey through that first year as they adjusted to life without a husband and father. Whilst speaking of her journey, she provides practical strategies to help people through grief and real life accounts of how she has helped other widows.

As a Clinical Psychologist, Olga has over 30 years’ experience working in Mental Health. Olga has worked in community mental health, inpatient mental health units, conducted research projects, and developed staff training programs. Olga has also co-authored many industry research papers and is regularly interviewed as an industry leader in the media.

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What people say?

Dr Olga Lavalle’s ‘A Widow’s Guide to Grief’ is a must read, she addresses areas a person experiences when filled with overwhelming and intense emotions following the death of a loved one.
Dr. A. Gervaise MD
To have your thoughts and feelings echoed on paper by another person who is on a similar journey; EMPATHY – there is nothing like it.
 Recognizing, accepting and adjusting to my ‘new normal’ and pushing forward in an unexpected changed life. My family and I can do this! Thank you Dr Olga.
Linda Evans (Widow)