Grief Notes: Walking through loss, the first year after bereavement

Grief Notes: Walking through loss, the first year after bereavement

Author : Tony Horsfall
£8.99

One man’s journey through loss

In Grief Notes Tony Horsfall charts the first year of his grief journey since the death of his wife from cancer. Month by month he tells the unfolding story of walking with and through loss, weaving this together with biblical teaching on grief and insights gained from grief counselling. With a poignant mix of honesty and humour, Tony shares the challenges of rebuilding his life and reflects on how he has seen God meet his needs as he wrestled with grieving in a time of lockdown and pandemic.


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Title Grief Notes: Walking through loss, the first year after bereavement
Author Tony Horsfall
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In Grief Notes Tony Horsfall charts the first year of his grief journey since the death of his wife from cancer. Month by month he tells the unfolding story of walking with and through loss, weaving this together with biblical teaching on grief and insights gained from grief counselling. With a poignant mix of honesty and humour, Tony shares the challenges of rebuilding his life and reflects on how he has seen God meet his needs as he wrestled with grieving in a time of lockdown and pandemic.

Praise for Resilience in Life and Faith: 'This book will have a ministry-wide impact.' Dr Laura Mae Gardner, former International Vice President for Personnel for Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International

Details
  • Product code: 9781800391260
  • Published: 22 April 2022
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Dimensions: 130mm wide and 198mm high

In Grief Notes Tony Horsfall charts the first year of his grief journey since the death of his wife from cancer. Month by month he tells the unfolding story of walking with and through loss, weaving this together with biblical teaching on grief and insights gained from grief counselling. With a poignant mix of honesty and humour, Tony shares the challenges of rebuilding his life and reflects on how he has seen God meet his needs as he wrestled with grieving in a time of lockdown and pandemic.

Praise for Resilience in Life and Faith: 'This book will have a ministry-wide impact.' Dr Laura Mae Gardner, former International Vice President for Personnel for Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International

Tony Horsfall is a well-respected author and retreat leader who has a lifetime’s experience in mentoring others, including church leaders and missionaries, both in Britain and overseas. His book Deep Calls to Deep was reissued in 2021 because of its emphasis on lament and its relevance post pandemic. Grief Notes is a companion volume, describing as it does the author’s own experience of crying out to God from the depths.

I highly recommend Tony Horsfall's new book, 'Grief notes: Walking through loss'. We are all likely to experience loss and to be in contact with people who are grieving. Grief can be very isolating. This book can help us feel less isolated as Tony shares his journey with us." Dr Debbie Hawker

 

Reviewed by Paul Beasley-Murray Books for today

Grief Notes: Walking through loss by Tony Horsfall, charts the first year of the author’s grief journey since the death of his wife from cancer. It is made up of notes he kept and postings he made online during the time, to which he subsequently added insights gained along the way from scripture as also from books on grief. It is a deeply moving story. Although no one’s grief is the same, nonetheless it will undoubtedly be of great help to many. If I were still a local church pastor, I would buy ten copies to give to those seeking to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. Full of common sense, it is also full of Christian faith!

 

Reviewed by Richard Frost  workrestpray.com

Everyone’s journey through grief is unique. My own started when I was 17 when my Mum died. And then it took its next step just a few weeks ago when the husband of my closest friend died very suddenly. Thus it was as I read Tony Horsfall’s account of the loss of his wife of 40 years, that memories of my own losses came back. The same may well be true for you as you read this excellent and insightful book.

Evelyn Horsfall, or Ev as he calls her, died in July 2020 after a long period of cancer. Structured around notes and online postings written by Tony, this book describes the many aspects of the impact of her loss and the adjustments he has made to living alone again.

The book covers the first year of bereavement and is divided in to monthly sections. Each of these begins and ends with reflections on relevant biblical passages and insights by both the author and others on the nature of grief and the stages of bereavement. Inbetween these are extracts from those notes the author kept.

It is these notes which are, for this reviewer, the most profound. A tough read at times (as they ought to be, perhaps) they are honest and raw. They tell the story of the walk through loss. While at times they read as if they were being specifically written for publication, the overwhelming nature of them is one that reflects the author’s view and experience.

In these pages, Tony Horsfall describes not only the pain of loss but also issues such as loneliness (a recurrent theme), subsequent friendships, being part of a group of people who were bereaved and the practicalities of cooking and car buying.

‘I don’t write to elicit sympathy. I write to express my feelings,’ he writes. And he does and that is clearly also cathartic for him. It will, I feel, be cathartic for those who read this book too.

Richard Frost is the author of Life with St Benedict and writes a blog at workrestpray.com