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  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241270776
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99
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Grief Works




A warm, moving and practical guide to grief from one of the UK's leading bereavement counsellors.

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.

  • Pub date: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241270776
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for Grief Works

“Fascinating. A wise and compassionate book full of insight and understanding that would help anyone experiencing grief, or those surrounding them. I am so glad this book exists”

Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love

“Rigorous, researched, readable. Philosophical, practical, profound. Samuels offer her wisdom to help us all begin to function in the wake of the death of a loved one”

Sunday Times

“Indispensable, fascinating, affecting. Considers the deaths of partners, parents, siblings and children. There is a chapter on suicide, another on facing death ourselves. Samuel has practical suggestions for getting through the hardest months. A book that has a real chance of helping bereft readers”

Kate Kellaway, Observer


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