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About Kathleen M. Rehl

Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D., CFP®, CeFT™ is passionate about inspiring her “widowed sisters” and their advisors through her speaking, writing and research. She wrote the award winning book, “Moving Forward on Your Own: A Financial Guidebook for Widows.” Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, CNBC and more. Check out her website at http://kathleenrehl.com
Latest Posts | By Kathleen M. Rehl
After 50 Dating: 10 Financial Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Committing
2 months ago

After 50 Dating: 10 Financial Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Committing

Money and sex regularly rank as the most common reasons couples fight.

Research from LearnVest’s Money Habits and Confessions Survey, conducted by Wakefield Research, concluded that financial issues are more than twice as likely as sex to cause tension in a relationship. Read More

Why Are Mature Women Living with Their Partners Rather Than Marrying?
4 months ago

Why Are Mature Women Living with Their Partners Rather Than Marrying?

According to a recent Pew Research Center report, the number of people age 50 and older who live together with their unmarried partner shot up by 75% between 2007 and 2016. That’s 4 million mature adults who live together compared to 2.3 million a decade ago. Read More

Are We Too Old for Boyfriends in Our 60s?
6 months ago

Are We Too Old for Boyfriends in Our 60s?

Years ago, most widows didn’t remarry or even date again after the death of their husband. Although this choice is right for some women, others want a new next chapter that includes life with another partner. Read More

Financial Advice for Widows: 9 Steps to Help You Get Control and Move Forward
11 months ago

Financial Advice for Widows: 9 Steps to Help You Get Control and Move Forward

Just when you feel least able to cope with life after your husband’s death, you’ll be faced with making crucial decisions that can affect your finances, your family, your livelihood and more. Read More

Give Yourself a Legacy Gift by Repurposing Meaningful Jewelry
12 months ago

Give Yourself a Legacy Gift by Repurposing Meaningful Jewelry

After my husband died, I continued to wear my diamond ring on my left hand for almost a year. Then I shifted it to the right hand where I wore it for many more months. I kept moving it back and forth – left hand for a few days, then right hand a day or two, and back again to the left. Read More

Financial Advice for Widows: What to Do Before You Remarry
1 year ago

Financial Advice for Widows: What to Do Before You Remarry

I’m part of a fast-growing demographic group – women baby boomers who enter a new phase of life after the death of our husbands. It’s true that the average age a wife becomes a widow in the United States is 59.4 and 70% of all married baby boomer wives will experience widowhood. Read More

Love is Eternal, but, Life Isn’t! Facing the Chance of Becoming a Widow
1 year ago

Love is Eternal, but, Life Isn’t! Facing the Chance of Becoming a Widow

Soon after my book was published, I attended a community luncheon. Several couples were seated at my table, and we introduced ourselves. After watching me for a few minutes, one wife suddenly exclaimed, “Oh, I saw your picture in Sunday’s newspaper. You wrote that guidebook for widows!” Read More

5 Big Money Mistakes that Widows Make and How to Avoid Them!
1 year ago

5 Big Money Mistakes that Widows Make and How to Avoid Them!

I’m a member of the club women hate to join — the Widows Club.

When my husband died, it felt like a big part of me died, too. I lost the love of my life and the dreams we shared for our future. All gone in an instant and right after my 60th birthday. Read More