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About Kathleen M. Rehl

Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D., CFP®, CeFT® Emeritus wrote the award-winning book, Moving Forward on Your Own: A Financial Guidebook for Widows. She owned Rehl Financial Advisors for 18 years before retiring to a six-year encore career empowering widows. Now happily “reFired,” Rehl writes legacy prose and poetry plus assists nonprofits. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, CNBC, USA Today, other publications, and online. Check out her website at http://kathleenrehl.com.
Latest Posts | By Kathleen M. Rehl
Love Is Eternal, but Life Isn’t! Facing the Chance of Becoming a Widow
2 weeks 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…
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After 50 Dating: 10 Financial Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Committing
3 weeks 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

What I Learned from My Grandmother, the Entrepreneur
2 months ago

What I Learned from My Grandmother, the Entrepreneur

Her label said VIM bread ingredients included “whole grain wheat flour, raw sugar, non-fat milk solids, fresh creamery butter, salt, water, and fresh yeast,” with “nothing taken away.” Created honestly, with integrity. Authentic…
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5 Big Money Mistakes that Widows Make and How to Avoid Them!
2 months 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

Why Are Mature Women Living with Their Partners Rather Than Marrying?
2 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

How to Create and Share Your Lasting Legacy of Love
7 months ago

How to Create and Share Your Lasting Legacy of Love

Several years ago, my friend, Arlene, finalized her estate documents. Those important papers included her legal will, revocable trust, living will, and powers of attorney for financial and medical matters…
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Marriage After 60: I Love Two Men, with the Blessings of Both
12 months ago

Marriage After 60: I Love Two Men, with the Blessings of Both

Two months ago, I tied the knot again at age 71! Yes, Charlie and I walked down the aisle and exchanged wedding vows after being together in a loving relationship for eight years. Read More

Choose Refirement Rather Than Vintage Retirement! These 7 Questions Will Help You Find Your Direction
12 months ago

Choose Refirement Rather Than Vintage Retirement! These 7 Questions Will Help You Find Your Direction

This January, I’ll start my 74th year. I’m part of a large aging population in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2030, all baby boomers like me will be older than 65…
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6 Know-It-All Statements New Widows Don’t Want to Hear (and Alternatives That Are Actually Helpful)
1 year ago

6 Know-It-All Statements New Widows Don’t Want to Hear (and Alternatives That Are Actually Helpful)

Perhaps because my late husband was a pastor, some people thought they were helpful after Tom’s death to tell me, “God needed another angel in heaven.” (Wrong! I needed that angel beside me, not gone away)….
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9 Benefits Boomer Women Can Find in an Encore Career
2 years ago

9 Benefits Boomer Women Can Find in an Encore Career

For many elder boomers, like me, the outdated model of retirement isn’t a good fit today. We’re healthier and living longer than prior generations. Read More