Book review: The Snow Leopard

Peter Matthiessen was forty-six and recently widowed when he went trekking in the Himalayas. This book is his account of that trip, taken with a friend who was studying rare wildlife.   The narrative is written in the form of a diary and melds together travelogue, detailed cataloguing of natural history and an introduction to Buddhism.   Among his many works of fiction and non-fiction, … Continue reading Book review: The Snow Leopard

Our interview with Mark Liebenow

If Mark’s writings don’t have you packing a rucksack or at least taking a stroll through the park then he’ll undoubtedly have you wandering around Yosemite in your imagination. Grief is a natural process and by turning to nature when his wife died, Mark shows us how it can help us soothe the pain and find balance and meaning again.   Q: You write a … Continue reading Our interview with Mark Liebenow

Book review: A Grief Observed

If anyone has pressed a bereavement book into your hand, there’s a good chance that it was A Grief Observed. First published in 1961, it regularly features in amazon’s top ten bereavement bestsellers. The author, C.S. Lewis, was a prolific writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and is best known for his Chronicles of Narnia series, which starts with The Lion, the Witch and the … Continue reading Book review: A Grief Observed

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