An excellent work translated in easy to read language without high tech descriptions For a first time publication Julia Samuel is to be congratulated for this very sensitive and emotive work I suffered the loss of my wife 6 months ago and this has helped me immensely come to grips with my grieving process. Sympathetic stories of grief counselling, grouped around the nature of the bereavement losing a partner, losing a child, facing your own death etc and containing some useful advice for anyone who is bereaved or otherwise unhappy exercise, mindfulness and so on and some background information on grieving including a short history of this from Victorian times.The author doesn t claim too much for her work some clients she helps a lot, others a little and some are much easier to relate to than others but the stories make clear the value of her working life.I did wonder to what extent the case histories are all of grief complicated by other factors of one kind or another after all there will be some reason why some bereaved people seek counselling and others do not though some of this, as the author points out, having to do with expectations of particular age groups for example I wondered do we all really need this sort of provision whenever we are bereaved in an ideal world That would be a large client population Perhaps many can simply gain enough support though from reading books like this one.Strongly recommended. Bought this book as my husband passed away suddenly a few months ago and I m really struggling to come to terms with what happened I thought it might help OK, I could identify with some of the cases but there were really no coping strategies and I was left feeling worse after reading it Might help some people but not me. If you ve never experienced a personal loss yourself, it can be very hard knowing what to do or say to help someone you care about who is going through bereavement But if you want to gain an understanding of the issues and genuinely want to help a friend or relative who may be experiencing extremely intense emotions due to bereavement or someone who is coming to terms with nearing the final stages of their life, then this is the book to read as it offers some very sound advice and coping mechanisms.I purchased this book just under a year ago and think I may have read the chapter When a Sibling Dies having lost my brother just under three years ago I couldn t bring myself to read the rest of the book until a few days ago the author herself acknowledges for some individuals who have been bereaved, it can take a long time to even concentrate on reading But I m really glad to have read this book cover to cover Some of the case studies will resonate with readers than others for me the stand out cases in addition to those covered in the chapter on sibling death were Phil and Annette parents grieving the death of their child , and Barbara suffering kidney cancer and coming to terms with her own impending death.Chapter endings offering the author s Reflections the chapters on Understanding Grief plus Pillars of Strength covering how we the bereaved can help ourselves were extremely useful and I ll probably refer back to these sections again.I think Phil Phil and Annette hit the nail on the head in describing grief It s something that you go off and do on your own It s quite lonely We all share in the family grief, but the grief I feel as an individual doesn t happen at the same time as theirs, and isn t the same as anyone else s We re each wired differently, and one of us might feel the same thing with a different intensity at a different time But in the end you have to deal with it yourself This was not an easy book for me to read cover to cover and I think if you are going through bereavement yourself, you have to be in the right frame of mind to read it and to really benefit from not only the author s guidance but also from the experiences of the individuals the author is writing about Individuals who have been so incredibly frank and honest recounting very personal experiences of their own grief. Death is the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood So many of us feel awkward and uncertain around death, and shy away from talking honestly with family and friends Grief Works is a compassionate guide that will inform and engage anyone who is grieving, from the expected death of a parent to the sudden unexpected death of a small child, and provide clear advice for those seeking to comfort the bereaved.With deeply moving case studies of real people s stories of loss, and brilliantly accessible and practical advice, Grief Works will be passed down through generations as the definitive guide for anyone who has lost a loved one, and revolutionise the way we talk about life, loss and death.