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Book: Surviving the Tsunami of Grief - For the Bereaved and Those Wanting to Support Them by Katrina Taee and Wendelien McNicoll

Book: Surviving the Tsunami of Grief - For the Bereaved and Those Wanting to Support Them by Katrina Taee and Wendelien McNicoll

categories: Book, Bereavement, Self-Help, Loss, Well-Being, Health, Mental Health, Family Health, Hospice, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Education, Grief




Katrina Taee and Wendelien McNicoll

Wendelien McNicoll and Katrina Taeeabout this book: Our book is for those of you who are grieving the loss of someone you love or if you are supporting a family, a friend or a loved one who is grieving. During this time of the pandemic, it has never been more relevant. Having both worked in the world of grief and bereavement for many years, we wanted to write a different sort of book which would educate, support, help soothe and offer hope to those of you who are struggling during the difficult times you are facing. Having done many years of research, we realised there are no illustrated guides to grief and the most common words used during counselling sessions were, "it feels like a tsunami". Ruth Thorpe has beautifully illustrated that metaphor, in ten striking images to explain what grief can feel like through all it's twists and turns and we have combined it with sound bites of the wide variety of things people have said to us over 30 combined years of therapy work. We cover many types of grief within the pages. The book is in this format purposefully because when you are bereaved it is hard to concentrate and read, often just at the time you might need help the most. The book follows every mourner's journey till grief becomes something that is lived with in a gentler way. For this reason, our book may be dipped in and out of for years to come. Grief is such a difficult topic, sometimes a taboo and the bereaved are often misunderstood. During the time of grief we have a chance to teach ourselves, our friends, families and importantly our children that it is natural and normal to grieve and we feel our book goes a long way towards that opportunity.

• "This book is a treasure." Dr Kathryn Mannix, author of With the End in Mind

• "Surviving the Tsunami of Grief is a book we all need." Rabbi Baroness Neuberger DBE

• "I read the book in one thirsty session, I soaked up the words and loved the beautiful illustration. The book spoke to me on very many levels." GCH

• "Any other book would try to describe everything through lengthy narratives and probably fail to truly capture the essence of grief but the path you have chosen is so much more effective because it is raw and it is human, not requiring explanation or interpretation." CZ

• "Absolutely stunning. Illustrations that speak to the gut of grief, normalised reflections from all kinds of death, doesn't require concentration and heavy reading. Properly beautiful." CHM

• "Expressions of feeling from real people who have gone through the process. The strong and vivid illustrations add to the emotional impact of this powerful book." PN

• "I thought it was a wonderful book. I've had several opportunities since to provide copies for family members and friends who have also found it to be refreshingly different, and very helpful way of looking at their grief processes". JM


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Video 1: Grief Series - Part One - The First days after a death
Video 2: Grief Series - Part two - How to survive organising a funeral




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