Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving by Julia Samuel – Review

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and SurvivingGrief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving by Julia Samuel was published on March 2nd, 2017 by Penguin Life. Synopsis: Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood…

In Grief Works we hear stories from those who have experienced great love and great loss – and survived. Stories that explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears, strips away our layers of protection and reveals our innermost selves.Julia Samuel, a grief psychotherapist, has spent twenty-five years working with the bereaved and understanding the full repercussions of loss. This deeply affecting book is full of psychological insights on how grief, if approached correctly, can heal us. Through elegant, moving stories, we learn how we can stop feeling awkward and uncertain about death, and not shy away from talking honestly with family and friends.

This extraordinary book shows us how to live and learn from great loss.

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About the author: Julia Samuel is a psychotherapist specialising in grief, who has spent the last twenty-five years working with bereaved families. She has worked both in private practice and in the NHS at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington where she pioneered the role of maternity and paediatric psychotherapist. In 1994 she worked to launch and establish Child Bereavement UK as its Founder Patron, where she continues to play a central role. Julia was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to bereaved children. Grief Works is her first book. Find out more at here.

My thoughts: GRIEF WORKS is an intriguing and impressive read that is both informative and insightful. A very gentle and compassionate read that will explain why it is best to talk about death in a way that is most needed by the one who is grieving. In this book, you will find a collection of stories from people who are grieving and how they are learning to accept that death is a part of life that is better to talk about and share than to keep it hidden. GRIEF WORKS is one to read to think about how you grieve, but also how you can help others who are grieving. While there is no easy way to accept the loss of a love one and no easy solution, there are healthy ways to cope. I highly recommend GRIEF WORKS to anyone who has experienced the loss of a love one.  ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**

 

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