Book review: Chase The Rainbow by Poorna Bell

Poorna Bell’s Chase The Rainbow tackles three of widowhood’s biggest taboos and shows they don’t have to destroy you or your love for your partner.   Around the middle of the book Poorna points out how friends talk in endless detail about their relationships but once they marry they say much less. There is a similar thing with widowed people and lies. Anything a person … Continue reading Book review: Chase The Rainbow by Poorna Bell

Book review: It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine

Megan Devine’s new book is brave but not in the way people who haven’t been through a tragedy say that about those who have; I mean like putting your head in a lion’s mouth, brave.   She strides calmly into the howling abyss of the early days of grief, to meet the newly bereaved where they are. She is a psychotherapist and also a widow. … Continue reading Book review: It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine

Book review: Thinking Out Loud. Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad by Rio Ferdinand

This is a much-needed voice in grief memoirs. Rio Ferdinand is, by his own description, a very cold fish, or he was until his wife died. That she didn’t get to see the more open, warmer man that he has become is only one of the regrets with which he contends.   I was wrong to think that this book would simply be a written … Continue reading Book review: Thinking Out Loud. Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad by Rio Ferdinand

Book review: The Grief Survival Guide by Jeff Brazier

Jeff Brazier’s Grief Survival Guide is down-to-earth, packed full of good advice and not afraid of tackling the more difficult aspects of bereavement.   This is a book that says okay, this situation is awful but it’s happening so let’s roll up our sleeves and tackle it. The only problem I have with it is that calling the book a bereavement guide means most people … Continue reading Book review: The Grief Survival Guide by Jeff Brazier

Book review: My Mourning Year. A Memoir of Bereavement Discovery and Hope by Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall says he is campaigning for a mourning year to be recognised as the amount of time during which the bereaved need extra support. His new book, My Mourning Year. A Memoir of Bereavement, Discovery and Hope, shows that he doesn’t mean support as in being cocooned; he means a more realistic understanding of grief so that the bereaved can be supported in living … Continue reading Book review: My Mourning Year. A Memoir of Bereavement Discovery and Hope by Andrew Marshall

a cup o’ kindness yet (for auld lang syne)

When Ute Amann-Seidel tells me she is building “a community of enjoyment and self-care”, I want that to be as good as it sounds. Later in the interview, when I get round to my list of silly questions – the ones I would think but not normally say – the way she answers them, with kindness, patience, facts, examples and sometimes with a laugh, makes … Continue reading a cup o’ kindness yet (for auld lang syne)

Winter issue out now

For this winter’s issue we have tried to catch up on some of the superb new bereavement books that have come out in recent weeks. If you’re not sure where to start, there’s a guide to finding your own bereavement tribe. And our article from the archives is a superb double from a family therapist.   We’ve compiled a guide to get you through the … Continue reading Winter issue out now

Best of our Christmas survival guides

Every year we put articles on how to get through the Christmas holidays in our winter issue. We have some more lined up for issue 17, coming out on 12th December. But if you can’t wait or just want to see all the previous articles in one place, here they are.     Getting Through The Holidays A series of articles from when we asked … Continue reading Best of our Christmas survival guides