Death... And How To Survive It: A unique, practical and uplifting guide to coming to terms with the loss of your partner

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Random House, Nov 10, 2009 - Self-Help - 288 pages
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'He passed away', 'She's gone', 'He died'...

As anyone who has ever lost a loved one will know, the wording doesn't affect the meaning. Nothing can shield you or prepare you for the brutal reality and crippling pain of a death and its repercussions.

Kate Boydell was widowed at the age of 33. She felt that her life had lost its purpose and she wanted it to end. But she got through it - and so can everyone. In this down-to-earth, practical, insightful and often humorous guide, Kate draws on her own experience of bereavement to offer frank advice on coping with every aspect of the grieving process.

Including:
- coping with the initial shock
- telling your children
- organising the funeral
- shopping and cooking
- getting back into dating

 

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Contents

Through the Darkness
5
When Death Hits
7
Tea and Sympathy
13
The Funeral
19
Practicalities
41
A Helping Hand
45
Facing the World
53
Mourning Conventions
57
Anger Management
99
How Can You Help Your Children?
107
Being Strong
125
The Loneliness
129
The Sixmonth Low
139
Belongings
147
Birthdays and Other Significant Days 1 53
155
Sink or Swim 1 67
167

The Perfect Diet
71
Coping with Grief
91

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Kate Boydell was widowed in 1998 after nine years of marriage to her beloved husband Charlie, who died of heart failure at the age of 37. Kate has worked in television for the last 22 years and is currently working as a freelance television editor. She has recently appeared on ITV's This Morning, BBC Radio's Five Live and Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Kate is now 40 and lives in Devon with her two daughters. She is the author of the highly popular merrywidow website for young widows: www.merrywidow.me.uk.

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