New Book Tells of a Widow in the Line of Duty

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Personal tragedy drives Samantha Light-Gallagher to help others coping with loss

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It felt like there was always this voice in me, doubting my strength to overcome this. I realized that I couldn’t give in, I couldn’t give up on life.

A knock at the door changed Samantha Light-Gallagher’s life forever.

U.S. Border Patrol agents waited on the other side to inform Light-Gallagher that a drunk driver had killed her husband, Michael, in the line of duty. Michael, 32, was killed instantly, leaving Light-Gallagher to pick up the pieces while also supporting their two young boys.

Through the pain, Light-Gallagher recorded her feelings and experiences in her journal, which she incorporates into her new book, "Crazy Courage: A Young Widow’s Survival Guide" (published by AuthorHouse).

“There were so many days when I felt like I was on a deserted island, with no one that could understand me,” Light-Gallagher says. “It felt like there was always this voice in me, doubting my strength to overcome this. I realized that I couldn’t give in, I couldn’t give up on life.”

The book is a compilation of Light-Gallagher’s experiences, from technical details such as informing family members and planning the funeral, to taboo topics such as sex and dating. She wrote the book to help other young widows understand that feelings are part of the grieving process and not something to be internalized or ignored.

“I really felt like I needed someone to validate my feelings rather than tell me how I should handle my pain,” Light-Gallagher says. “My first instinct was to try and find myself again. Soon, I realized that I’m never going to be that person again.

“I learned to accept that I would have to redefine myself and my life. I had to get to know this new person just as well as I knew who I was before.”

For more information, visit Samantha’s website and blog,
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Crazy Courage: A Young Widow’s Survival Guide
By Samantha Light-Gallagher
ISBN: 978-1-4685-7606-1
Softcover, retail price: $14.95 Ι Hardcover, retail price: $23.99 Ι E-book price: $3.99

About the author
Since her husband’s death in September 2010, Samantha Light-Gallagher has become an active member of MADD and has presented material to law enforcement peer support groups on working with families during tragedies. She also participates in trauma training and provides support to fellow widows and organizations. She grew up in a small town and now lives in Casa Grande, Arizona, with her two children.

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