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One person, two perspectives on grief.

Plunged unexpectedly into widowhood at just 49 years old, psychotherapist Sasha Bates describes in searing honesty the agonisingly raw feelings unleashed by the loss of her husband and best friend, Bill. At the same time, she attempts to keep her therapist hat in place and create some perspective from psychoanalytic theory. From the depths of her confusion she gropes for ways to manage and bear the pain - by looking back at all that she has learnt from psychotherapeutic research, and from accepted grief theories, to help her make sense of her altered reality. 

Languages of Loss starts a necessary and overdue conversation about death and loss. It breaks down taboos and tries to find humour and light amidst the depressing, bewildering reality. It is an essential companion to help support listeners through the agony of those early months, giving permission for all the feelings and offering various methods of living with them.This audiobook's overriding message is that everyone's experience of grief is different, but knowing more about the theory, and learning a new vocabulary, while not necessarily easing the grief, can help you feel less alone, and at some point enable you to reflect back and see how far you have come.

©2020 Sasha Bates (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Excellent book, excellently narrated

A very well written account of grief, both from a personal perspective and from the perspective of a mental health practitioner. I myself am both a widow and a counsellor and I found much to resonate with and appreciate about this book. Sasha Bates writes extremely well and Tamsin Grieg narrates exquisitely. It's obvious that Sasha has experience as a professional writer and Tamsin as a professional actor. I bought the audio first and then decided to buy the kindle book too as I found it to be a very interesting work on grief and the landscape of grief in which one may find oneself. I would highly recommend this book, in written form or as an audio book, to anybody who is unfortunate enough to be experiencing grief or to anyone who wants to appreciate just what it looks and feels like to grieve.

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fantastic

I lost my 32 year old husband very recently after a year long battle with cancer, this book has helped me understand my grief on so many levels.

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very compassionate and comforting

It has helped me a lot to hear this reality of grief, while on the outside I am different. Thank you for your honesty and kindness.

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Pain and growth

This book is at times painfully sad, and at times almost funny, especially with Tamsin Grieg's fantastic narration, which brings all the emotions alive. It's a raw, real, and moving story of the shock of sudden death. It's the very personal story of how Sasha got through the subsequent whirlpool of emotions and experiences, and how she eventually found herself growing into a new way of living after the loss of her husband.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who's having to live through the aftermath of suddenly losing a loved one, and also to counsellors and psychotherapists who want to understand more about the more recognised stages of grief as well as other approaches and beliefs.
Ultimately I found this book very powerful in its honesty, and comforting in its hopeful outlook.