Touching and reverent, Languages of Loss opens up a sorely-needed dialogue on the taboos surrounding death and mourning. Following the unexpected death of her husband, psychotherapist Sasha Bates mobilised all her professional experience to explore tools and methods that individuals can use to process their unique experiences of grief, beautifully presented in this book.
One person, two perspectives on grief.
Plunged unexpectedly into widowhood at just 49 years old, psychotherapist Sasha Bates describes in searing honesty the agonisingly raw feelings unleashed by the loss of her husband and best friend, Bill. At the same time, she attempts to keep her therapist hat in place and create some perspective from psycho-analytic theory. From the depths of her confusion she gropes for ways to manage and bear the pain - by looking back at all that she has learnt from psychotherapeutic research, and from accepted grief theories, to help her make sense of her altered reality.
Languages of Loss starts a necessary and overdue conversation about death and loss. It breaks down taboos and tries to find humour and light amidst the depressing, bewildering reality. It is an essential companion to help support readers through the agony of those early months, giving permission for all the feelings, and offering various methods of living with them.
This book's overriding message is that everyone's experience of grief is different, but knowing more about the theory, and learning a new vocabulary, while not necessarily easing the grief, can help you feel less alone, and at some point enable you to reflect back and see how far you have come.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 220 x 138 x 30 mm
‘This is not a book about getting over the death of a loved one. Bates knows that is too big a thing to ask for. Rather she is trying to get through it, to rearrange herself around it, to cope with its many layers and levels.’ - The Times
'In this touching book by psychotherapist Sasha Bates, loss and grief are discussed with unwavering honesty... Bates infuses the book with hope and will leave you glad to have shared her journey.' - The Evening Standard
'A powerful blend of the personal and the professional.' - Mishal Husain
'Reading this book, I'm in the hands of someone I would want to be by my side for the traumas of life - however small they seem, or big they loom.' - Kirsty Wark
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