Tembi Locke seemed to have it made. She was a successful TV actress, living in Los Angeles with her husband, a successful chef, and enjoying their daughter in their beautiful home and garden. “Yet,” she writes, “the paths life puts before us are often marked with unexpected turns.” Her ‘unexpected turn’ was her husband’s diagnosis of cancer. She goes on to write, “In the course of a single afternoon, I took on a role familiar to millions of Americans, I became a primary caregiver.”
The Kitchen Widow is an excellent website for those finding themselves in the role of caregiver and for those who have lost a loved one. It is full of stories, tips and resources for the caregiver and the griever. Tembi believes that we need to eat well to heal well, so her website contains delicious recipes like Sicilian Inspired Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers, Homemade Organic Almond Paste and Lentil Salad with Mint and Orange Zest.
Good food requires friends and loved ones and Tembi has a page on how to support a caregiver or a griever with food, notes of support and other helpful tips.
Although this is a relatively new website, it is informative and heartfelt. Tembi is both an inspiration for the caregiver and griever and a TEDx speaker who shares an authentic story of challenge through grief to healing.
Tembi’s mission is about, “raising awareness about how we can support each other through times of illness and grief. Here we reclaim the lost art of comforting the soul. We do it around delicious food. Using the tools I learned at the side of a chef, this site is where I chop, taste and transform the raw ingredients of loss and gratitude into something generous and sustaining.”
TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z65fSOl57Mo