Articles

Meeting My Mother

Woman&Home - 2005

Elaine Kingett’s relationship with her mother was not always easy but in this moving piece she tells how, after her mother died, she discovered the real person behind the parent

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"I thought i was indestructible, but now i’m simply grateful to wake up in the morning"

Woman&Home - 2011

Elaine Kingett was 60, didn't smoke and had low cholesterol, so was stress to blame when she had a heart attack?

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The things i'll keep forever

Woman&Home - 2010

Elaine Kingett's husband loved art, books, collecting… Ten years after his death, she experiences the pain and the pleasure his possessions have the power to conjure

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The Hoffman Process

Woman&Home - 2006

We all wonder if courses or coaching can make a difference, so a year after Elaine Kingett experienced the Hoffman Process – which promises to help you let go of the past and create the sort of future you desire – we asked her what had changed in her life.

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Love Life After Death

The Guardian - 2000

I am a widow. Now, be honest. What does that conjure up? Grey hair? Bus pass? Evenings in front of the telly with a cup of cocoa? Certainly not sex. You don't get a booklet on that, you see. There's one on claiming your pension, another on bereavement counselling, but where's the one on suddenly being single after 30 years with the same bloke who you fancied to the end?

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Home Alone

Woman&Home - 2006

"Suddenly at the age of 56, I am living alone for the very first time in my life" Most of us feel a bit strange when the kids finally leave home, but when you're a single parent, says Elaine Kingett, the silence is deafening

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"I had learnt to live alone… and then the impossible happened"

Woman&Home - 2007

Elaine Kingett, 57, has often written movingly about being widowed, internet dating and younger men. She never imagined she'd write this story

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When i needed my friends...

Woman&Home - 2003

When your life goes into free fall, not all your friends take flight. Elaine Kingett writes about the people who stick around to see you through.

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Could i make the sylvanian families homeless?

Woman&Home - 2008

Elaine Kingett found the emotional challenge of selling the family home as tricky as the clearing out and packing up

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"I love you... i just can't live with you"

Woman&Home - 2009

When Elaine Kingett found love again in her fifties, the next step was to move in together – or was it? She shares her story

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One for the road

Woman&Home - 2008

Could 3 days, £300 and an unplanned solo break bring happiness? When Elaine Kingett needed a break she didn't choose long haul, she just jumped in her car…

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Fiction

Shooting Pheasants

[unpublished] - 2011

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