About me

In the beginning
laughing through loss
widows having fun
learning new stuff

I am Sandra E Manning a 60-year old that writes stuff hence the logo, which on reflection seems to suggest that I suffer from chronic laryngitis when it is supposed to imply at least a degree of competence with the written word.

My first book The Funny Thing About Being a Widow?

Charts my journey through grief after losing my husband to cancer in 2014. Ever thankful that my sense of humour did not desert me, as so many other attributes did, I learned how to use the power of laughter to help me to deal with his loss and also lead me to create the concept of GOWNS – Grieving Overwhelmed Widows Negotiating Stuff.

The Funny Thing About Being a Widow? – book 1 is available now to purchase in either paperback or kindle format from

http://www.amazon.co.uk and http://www.kobo.com

Information. about the many benefits of using laughter as a therapeutic aid whilst grieving can be found on our website, and new members can also apply to join us on our Facebook page http://gownsgroup.co.uk

The second book in

The Funny Thing About Being a Widow?

series looks at the vulnerabilities of widows on internet dating sites. I did all my own stunt work in the process of researching material for this book, and the often hilarious consequences will be available to read about in early 2021.

In the meantime, you can follow me




On Twitter @Sandra921950