Artist, Advocate, Author
Kate Seidman describes herself as "a maker of things." She is a prolific artist, gifted in many mediums including ceramics, colored clay, fabric, jewelry, and illustrations. She was an art teacher for many years, teaching beginning students to college age, often focusing on helping kids in crisis find joy and inspiration through creativity.
She has raised 3 children with her beloved husband and now, after learning how to love her life as a widow, she spends her days at her cozy cottage near the ocean in Tampa Bay, Florida or in her long-time family home in Glouster, Massachusetts - also near the ocean.
The Widow Roadmap - Finding My Way
PRAISE for the Widow Road Map!
“The Widow Road map is one of the dearest books I’ve read in a long time—a wondrous, brave, heartbreaking, life-affirming, and beautifully illustrated account of moving through sudden and unexpected loss. I love, love, love this book. I could not put it down.”
Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.
author of The Dance of Anger and Why Won’t You Apologize?
"This is a one of a kind book about deep mourning that heals you as you read it Kate Seidman writes with a light touch, beautiful and tender and true. She is our Persephone, guiding us as we travel with her from the depth of despair to the light of a new day."
Academy Award Nominated Actress
“Whimsical and profound, deeply personal and yet universal, Kate Seidman’s enchanting book about her journey through widowhood is a must-read for anyone who has experienced loss, no matter what kind. This is a book to read, reread, and savor—especially if you need a good laugh or cry. Move over Alison Bechdel and Roz Chast!"
Author of Guilty People and Carried Away: The Chronicles of a Feminist Cartoonist
“…The Widow Roadmap takes us on a journey from bereavement and heartache to the discovery of new meaning. Without ever denying the enormity of her loss or the practical challenges of coping with unfamiliar tasks, Seidman finds solace, through tears and laughter, in the love of friends and family, the joy of discovering new places, and the dance of life. A powerful and honest memoir.”
Paul Lewis, Boston College Professor of English Emeritus,
author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict
“This book, with beautiful art and sketches—drawn by Kate—and her gentle humor, offers the one who is left behind, a map of compassion for the awful confusion of loss. You already know this path is full of anguish that knows no sense nor logic. You may be walking this now. Kate knows this and has sketched a gift to transform this awful dream into healing and beauty.”
Dr. Royce Fitts,
Author of The Geography of the Soul: Dreams, Reality, and the Journey of a Lifetime