The Essential Guide

At some point in our lives most of us will have to cope with the death of a loved one. The loss of a parent, child, friend, sibling, grandparent or partner can be a devastating experience, leaving you feeling unable to cope. This guide is aimed at helping you to find your way through your grief, showing you that in time it is possible to lead a happy and fulfilling life, even in the absence of a loved one. Information is provided on all aspects of bereavement, including emotional coping strategies, arranging a funeral, understanding probate, breaking bad news to others and helping children to manage their grief. Each chapter offers a summary of key points, as well as checklists to help you with practical tasks. You may hear people say that grief is a very personal thing, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. As well as offering information on where to get help, this book will support you through each stage of the grieving process.

Chapter Headings

What To Do When Someone Dies

The Estate and Finances

Shock, Numbness and Breaking Bad News

Anger and Guilt

Sadness and Grief

Acceptance and Moving Forwards

Anniversaries, Birthdays and Planning Ahead

Supporting Someone Who is Bereaved

Types of Loss

Looking to the Future

Help List

Book List


Author Bio

Laura Cook is a counsellor, trainee social worker and freelance journalist living in Norwich, UK. 

She has written for a number of major publications including Natural Health and Organic Garden & Home, as well as co-authoring a book on green living. 

She is currently working as a private counsellor and is studying for a Masters in Social Work at the University of East Anglia.

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