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It’s OK to Laugh: A Candid Conversation with Author and Mom Nora McInerny Purmort about Becoming a Young Widow after Three Years of Marriage

Purmort,Nora_bookThe cover of Nora McInerny Purmort’s book claims it is “for people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store.” We say it’s for everyone! After bouncing from boyfriend to boyfriend, Nora finally found Aaron, with whom she was ready to spend her whole life. But brain cancer cut their marriage to only three years, leaving Nora a young widow on her own with a baby and the monstrous task of coping with devastating loss and her unexpected life as a so-called “hot young widow.” Through and beyond Aaron’s illness, Nora bared her soul and turned convention on its head, capturing the attention of people across the country. Marti & Erin welcome Nora’s powerful message that there is no one right way to grieve, no one right way to live.  


Can you think of a very sad or frightening time in your life when you’ve used humor to cope? What do you see as some of the unspoken “rules” about how we ought to respond to something as serious as cancer or death? Nora McInerny Purmort and her husband chose to do things their own way; how can her story help others when they feel their own life crumbling?


For It’s OK to Laugh, click here.

For Still Kickin, click here.

For Nora’s My Husband’s Tumor blog, click here.

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