This candid guide to surviving in a society that still finds it difficult to discuss and deal with grief is essential reading for both the bereaved and everyone around them. Written in the days, months and years after her daughter died, the author talks first-hand about surviving the early days of despair and coping with a world that wouldn’t stop turning even when she wanted it to.
Whether you have been bereaved, or want to understand and support a bereaved person, this self-help book suggests ways in which you can survive, or help others survive, the worst experience a person can endure.
The author suggests how the bereaved can, and should, give themselves permission to grieve. A child carries their parent’s emotions, fears, joys and hopes for the future. Once a child is gone, that part of the parent is gone forever.
The author explains with honesty and frankness how she faced that loss – the most unimaginable of losses.
Fiona McWilliams lives in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire. She retired from a career in law to bring up her children. In many ways, she was living a very ordinary family life before it was blown apart when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare and fast-growing cancer aged just 16. She died just 9 months later aged 17.