Book review: The Owl At The Window

Carl Gorham has written a memoir about life with his wife Vikki, her death and how he got through the first year or so of widowhood with their six-year-old daughter.   I listened to the audiobook version, which is read by comedian Alan Davies. It might be my favourite reading of an audiobook. His voice conveys real warmth and copes equally well with the emotionally … Continue reading Book review: The Owl At The Window

Book review: Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Amidst the froth and scattiness, Helen Fielding treats her heroine’s response to grief with light but splendid realism.
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New widow scruffiness

Why new widow scruffiness might be more shrewd than sad

When Robert Peston’s hair became a matter of comment, I thought he was being defiantly real about grief. His wife had died after a long illness: he was shouldering one of the toughest things that can happen to a person, while holding down a highly pressured job and raising a family at the same time; under those circumstances something as trivial as a haircut does … Continue reading Why new widow scruffiness might be more shrewd than sad

Widow’s Buddy

I’ve been working with a project that’s trying to set up a buddy scheme. It has been surprising to see how many people said yes, they’d like someone to accompany them to new meetings, events and places, for all sorts of reasons. It got me thinking what a perfect buddy scheme for widows might offer…   Requirements of a widow’s buddy:   1. Arrive with … Continue reading Widow’s Buddy