"Grief Demystified is a must-read for all humans to better understand the inevitability of the grief experience. This accessible book eradicates complex terminology and breaks down challenging concepts relating to grief response and provides practical advice on how best to support those who are bereaved."
Dr Aoife Lynam
Grief Expert, Advisor to the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network, Author, and Director of Research at Hibernia College
Disseminating from academic research, Grief Demystified tells you what you need to know about grief from world renowned experts. This book is the perfect introduction for anyone who works with or supports the bereaved, as well as anyone who is bereaved and seeking more knowledge.
It explains the history of grief theory and why people still mistakenly think certain things such as "you will get over it'" and other commonly mistaken myths. There is a chapter on what to say (and not to say) to the bereaved, a chapter explaining complicated grief, explanations on why the death of a child is different, how the internet is affecting the bereaved, and more research based information. The book also has easy to understand diagrams, illustrative pictures, and a list of reputable organisations for further information.
Being able to offer support to the bereaved is an important part of many frontline professions such as psychologists, teachers, funeral directors, counsellors, medical professionals, social workers and many more. Yet very little contemporary empirical information has reached frontline professions; this book seeks to redress this imbalance.
"[Grief Demystified is] An instructive book...that is a must read for professionals supporting those bereaved. I have found it most helpful in my role as a solicitor representing at Inquest those who have been bereaved and acting for them in a civil case." Matthew Claxson, Partner at Moore Blatch Solicitors, London
"As a funeral celebrant, I work every day with bereaved families. This book has helped me to deepen my understanding of the different and unique ways in which people grieve and to better tailor my communications and interactions to the preferred style of the families I work with." Rosalie Kuyvenhoven, Winner of UK National Celebrant Award 2018
"A short book with a long lasting impact for the grieving person...your book has seriously shifted my thinking." DM, bereaved mother
"It's a great book and so easy to read. As a CNS in Children's Palliative Care it's really helped me with an assignment I just completed." Clare Daly, LauraLynn Children's Hospice, Dublin