The startup had gone bankrupt. In her early 60s, the search for another job hasn't gone so hot.
Everyone our age tells her to hustle for contract work and, to keep the wolf from the door, do part-time menial jobs. Retailers, fast food, and loss prevention firms are all hiring. In addition, she could rent out rooms in her house.
Instead, for the first time in her life she has descended into the dark hole of catastrophic thinking. It's not pretty. Because of her success she hasn't had the cognitive therapy, hours on the cushion in the Buddhist temple meditating, and consultations with spiritual counselers that some of the rest have had. Therefore, she can't absorb that her end-of-the-world thinking is just that: thinking. And that there are quick easy ways to change that thinking.
Maybe just maybe there is an advantage to having had a troubled life. For me, all that help I sought out has been getting me through the challenges of earning a good income by working at age 69.