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The plain guide to grief

£9.50

Each loss is individual and this is a guide to support that journey, not a method to follow. Your grief may be because somebody died or because you lost a job, your health, a friendship, an intimate relationship or a pet. Grief makes it hard to concentrate, so this book uses simple words, short sentences and not too many words on a page. Wilson has supported hundreds of grieving people over the past 20 years, and continues to research how we grieve. This book is based on the real experience of grieving people whose stories have been made anonymous. It includes a chapter on bereavement from and during the Covid-19 pandemic, and it will give clear and plain guidance for the loss of someone or something precious or important.

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John Wilson

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Grief works: stories of life, death & surviving

£7.50

The author, who is a grief psychotherapist with over 25 years experience, says grief is still profoundly misunderstood. Many feel awkward and uncertain around death, and shy away from talking honestly with family and friends. This book is a guide that will inform and engage anyone who is grieving, from the 'expected' death of a parent to the sudden unexpected death of a small child. It provides clear advice for those seeking to comfort the bereaved. With deeply moving case studies of real people's stories of loss and grief, and accessible and practical advice, this book may become the definitive guide for anyone whose loved one has died. Perhaps it will even revolutionise the way we talk about life, death and surviving.

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Julia Samuel

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With the end in mind

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This is a book for everyone: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy. It contains more than 30 stories about ordinary people - those the reader knows and loves. There is Holly, who danced her last day away; Eric, the retired head teacher with motor neurone disease who still managed to get things done; Nelly and Joe, both living a lonely lie to save their beloved from distress; and Sylvie, 19, dying of leukaemia, but sewing a cushion for her mum to hug after her death. This book considers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with honesty and humanity. The author's long experience of clinical practice helps her make a strong case for the therapeutic power of approaching death with openness and understanding.

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Kathryn Mannix

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Finding Joy

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The author was already a well known illustrator when his wife, Joy, died very suddenly. This book is a collection of what he drew every day in response to his loss. In it we see how he learned to answer his children’s questions; to cope with their anger and his own; to organise Christmas and going on holiday; to get used to the empty side of the bed; to connect with good friends and, overall, to juggle housework, the children’s lives, his employment and his new social life without his wife. These honest and often hilarious illustrations help to show what grief can be like. They have affected many people on social media, and this colourful hardback edition will not only amuse any reader but also show how grief changes over time.

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Gary Andrews

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Grief demystified: an introduction

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Many frontline professions, such as nurses, teachers and funeral directors, regularly need to offer support to bereaved people. However very little theoretical information about grief has filtered down into mainstream knowledge, and what is known is often misinterpreted. This book gives an accessible introduction to modern day grief theory and is perfect for the lay reader, or griever curious about how their grief develops. It replaces commonly believed myths with information on how grief can vary from person to person, gives advice on communicating with bereaved people, and explains the different kinds of grief. This is useful reading for anyone who is bereaved or working with them.  

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Caroline Lloyd

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On the move. Poems about migration

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Rosen’s poetry on migration and displacement is illustrated by Quentin Blake. There are four sections: (1) Rosen’s childhood as part of a first-generation Polish family living in London; (2) his perception of the War as a young boy; (3) his ‘missing’ relatives and the Holocaust; and (4) global experiences of migration. In one poem he reminds us: “Everyone comes from somewhere/ Everyone has a past. / Everyone is somewhere first,/ Everyone is somewhere last”. And elsewhere he asksl: “Maybe I look as if/ you could spin a story at me,/ about how threatening/ and dangerous migrants are, / as if neither I nor you would ever dream/ of upping sticks and living somewhere else/ and being, you know, a migrant.” This book is about loss and grief in the very widest of senses.

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Michael Rosen & drawings by Quentin Blake

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