Sex After Grief Navigating Your Sexuality After Losing Your Beloved

by Joan Price (Mango Publishing, 2019)

Sex is complicated enough when it’s easy—but when we’re in grief, it’s especially mysterious and confusing. How do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we’re grieving the death of a partner? Why does taking care of ourselves sexually even matter at a time when we’d rather hide under the covers and wail? What do we do with those sexual feelings that arise despite our misery? How do we know when it’s time to open ourselves to a new sexual relationship, whether it’s a friend with benefits or a new love connection? And how do we do it?

There are many books about grief, but they almost never mention sex, and if they do, it’s cursory. Sex After Grief is the first book to address sex and grief together and treat sex as a normal, positive, life-affirming part of emerging from grief.

In Sex after Grief, the top expert on senior sex, Joan Price, describes her own experiences as a widow since 2008, when she lost the love of her life to cancer. She shares her own raw grief journey, her sexual reawakening (and the many stumbles along the way), her attempts to dip back into the dating pool, along with excellent advice on how to handle each step.

Joan Price’s revelatory approach to sex after loss includes excerpts from many other grievers’ personal stories. These narratives from folks of all genders and orientations who have grieved have much in common, yet also much that’s different. Some jumped into sex quickly. Some took years. Some withdrew from sexual possibility. Some shared their bodies but not their hearts. As these people open their private lives and thoughts, you’ll come away realizing that no one is wrong, and no choice is defective or shameful.

Sex After Grief

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There’s no right or wrong method or timeline for bringing your sexuality back to into your life, whether it’s with your own hands, a hook-up, a new companion, or any combination. You’ll learn many options, and, thanks to the self-help take-aways at the end of each chapter, you will feel better ready to choose for yourself.

With warmth and wisdom, Sex After Grief offers you:

  • Inspiring tales of how different people brought sex back into their lives after the loss of their spouse or partner
  • Guidelines for dating again and getting sexual with a new person
  • Reasons that solo sex is healthy and can be the path to feeling sexual again
  • Descriptions of non-traditional sexual relationships, such as the “Pilot Light Lover” and friends with benefits.
  • Advice from therapists, grief counselors, and sex coaches
  • Self-help takeaways for creating your own action plan

Sex After Grief is a small book -- 5" x 7" -- 170 pages packed with information: my story, excerpts from your stories, helpful quotes, and tips from me and other sex educators who know grief intimately. Each chapter has a self-help "take-away" at the end to help you formulate your own plan. Whether you've lost your beloved or you know someone who has, this book shows grievers the steps towards reclaiming sexual pleasure in their own time, in their own way.


I am thrilled to tell you that Sex after Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality after Losing Your Beloved won the 2020 service/self-help Book Award from ASJA: American Society of Journalists and Authors!



Read "Myths about Sex and Grieving," an excerpt from Sex After Grief.


Hear Joan Price read from Sex after Grief

Praise for Sex After Grief

“Sex and aging has been considered a taboo topic for far too long. Fortunately, Joan Price is shattering barriers and starting difficult conversations on the subject. It’s a heavy subject, to be sure, but it addresses a question that almost no one talks about, yet many of us will grapple with at some point: what happens to your sex life after the death of a partner? How do you move on and open yourself to new sexual connections? It’s an essential read for anyone grieving the loss of a partner and anyone trying to help a grieving friend or loved one. Price’s latest book begins a much-needed conversation and offers valuable advice and guidance in an accessible writing style that brims with passion and compassion.”

Justin Lehmiller, PhD, author of the blog Sex and Psychology and the book Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life

“With her characteristic clarity and insight, senior sexpert Joan Price zeros in on an experience that many people navigate but very few discuss: the experience of reclaiming sex after the death of a beloved. Sex After Grief is a profoundly compassionate, deeply personal, and exceptionally practical guidebook for moving forward after loss with both purpose and joy.”

Lynn Comella, PhD, author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure

“Joan Price has crossed taboo boundaries again―this time about the impact on sex of loss and grieving. All of us who cope with rebirthing sex after facing loss of a beloved wish we had a roadmap to follow. This book lights a path that sets us on the journey to recovery, with content that is relevant, necessary and inspiring for grievers and the helping professionals that serve them. It is truly a gift to humankind!”

Patti Britton, PhD

co-founder of, known worldwide as the Mother of Sex Coaching

“The topic of loss is one Price has tackled for a long time–at least since her book Naked at Our Age was published in 2011. Sometimes partners die; other times, their memory and personalities alter with conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease. People with Alzheimer’s can lose their sex drive, or in rare cases they become hypersexual, talking about and desiring sex constantly.”

Mark Wilson

Fast Company, “Meet the woman leading a sex revolution for seniors