A compassionate guide to help Gold Star parents cope with the grief and loss of their military son or daughter. Good news never follows the words _We regret to inform you.� Author Joanne Steen had it all”a happy marriage to a handsome Navy pilot, an exciting engineering career, and a new home with a sunny bedroom that begged for a crib. But one day, fate caught up with her and, suddenly, she was a military widow, an identity she never sought. The impact of a military death has a ripple effect that is felt well beyond the immediate family, extending to the larger circles of friends, relatives, and those who provide professional assistance. Using the voices of other parents as well as her own experiences, Steen offers readers wisdom, comfort, and practical advice as she maps out a path for their grief journey.