When I searched for grief books after Reg died, so many of them talked about how to get through the experience. They discussed how to survive and what you needed to do to take care of yourself. They talked about how you can feel happy again, and how you can thrive. I didn’t want to be told that—at least not that early in my grief journey. I didn’t see any books that would just help me feel normal, that would just say my feelings were acceptable. I knew I would survive. What other choice did I have? I didn’t need anyone to tell me how to do that.
Reg’s death changed the trajectory of my life, and I needed someone to tell me that no matter what I was feeling, it was fine. My grief counselor and my widowed friends did that. I figured there are so many widows and widowers out there who either don’t know any other widows/widowers or who aren’t comfortable sharing their grief and experiences. I wanted to give you, my readers, permission to grieve fully and not move through the process quickly (unless you choose to). I wanted to give you permission to feel your feelings. Hence, I wrote this book.
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