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We Need to Talk About Grief: How to be a friend to the one who's left behind

Annie Broadbent

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Prose: non-fiction, Coping with death & bereavement, Self-help & personal development

Absorbing and heartfelt stories of grief combined with timely advice on how to help support your loved one through a time of loss.

Talking about death and grief has become something of a modern taboo. Most of us would rather avoid the subject altogether because it makes us feel anxious and awkward. When Annie Broadbent's mum died, one of the hardest parts of her experience was seeing her friends and extended family paralysed by their fear of saying or doing the wrong thing.

We will all be called upon at some point to help a friend or loved one cope with the death of someone they love. SPEAKING OF DEATH will help you do that. Frustrated and saddened by her own experience, Annie decided to share her story and the stories of others she has met, in order to shed light on the emotions felt by the bereaved and how best to support someone grieving for a loved one. The contributors differ in age, gender and background but all have experienced immediate loss, whether a child, parent, sibling, partner or close friend. Combined with expert advice from key charities, SPEAKING OF DEATH will help you navigate the common pitfalls, such as choosing appropriate words of comfort, making practical gestures of help, how to react to crying, when to offer a hug and how often to stay in touch.

This moving and enlightening collection of voices from the shores of grief is an invaluable guide that will help anyone wanting to comfort a grieving loved one.

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Praise for We Need to Talk About Grief: How to be a friend to the one who's left behind

  • It is wonderful. Pitch perfect in tone and a very important book. It will help many people.

  • We can only support and agree with Annie's brave attempt to put death talk on the map. These are very difficult conversations to have and this book will be a helpful tool to encourage those who want to help those suffering with grief to share some of their burden, especially in our "quick fix, easy answer" society.

  • Wonderfully moving, relevant and important

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Annie Broadbent

Annie Broadbent is a clinical volunteer at St Christopher's Hospice. She has also trained as a volunteer for 'The Candle Project' - a child bereavement service run by the hospice, and has given talks on supporting the bereaved. She is currently training as a psychotherapist at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust. In her spare time she writes a blog ( about coping with grief and her experiences at the hospice. Annie also writes a monthly online article for Psychologies magazine on the taboos surrounding death and grief. This is her first book.

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