from the Foreword, Dr Jennifer Dayes, Counselling Psychologist
For all grief workers - practitioners, volunteers, friends and family - Caroline's narrative is a light to guide us through what can be the dark and confusing landscape of grief.
Tracey Bleakley, CEO, Hospice UK
Caroline Lloyd has written a definitive guide to grief and grieving. By explaining the history of grief and the cultural and political impact on how we grieve, the book gives a useful social context for how we grieve today. Importantly the book also explains the origin of many of the myths surrounding the grieving process, creating a space for a far better understanding of the topic. Grief is not a definable process, nor is there a right and wrong way to grieve. There is no roadmap. However this book will help those who are grieving as well as the people who are supporting them understand how to navigate and communicate through grief and how to reach out to others.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the way that grief works, as well as guidance on how to support those who are grieving. It considers what grief is, exploring the evolution of theories of grief in different social and historical contexts. The author considers whether grief is 'traumatic' or a mental health problem. I found the book to be particularly helpful in normalising various approaches to grieving... the book may prove useful not only to counsellors and therapists who are beginning to work with bereaved clients, but also to clients and to their loved ones who are trying to support them.