The authors, both widows, found no works of real practical guidance dealing with the aftermath of bereavement-however personal a situation, universal. These ""Patterns of Recovery"" are threefold: initial shock (helpful); suffering (the worst phase) and eventual, self-imposed readaptation in the world for which a few (not as many as promised) specifics are offered. But the authors do deal with aspects of loneliness, the question of sex and remarriage, and have based their material on the experience of others along with the injunctions of six men of the cloth. . . . A slight book, but less colloquial and more supportive than Clarissa Start's When You're a Widow, its most recent (1968) competitor.