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I’ve written about how important I think it is to talk about death before death actually happens to you – or someone near to you – and I’ve talked about how the ‘Days With My Father’ website was a beautiful expression of what love and loss is, however I’ve recently read this:
It’s by the actress Natascha McElhone – who you have probably seen in things as varied as the movie Ronin and the TV series Californication – and it’s letters she wrote to her husband when he died suddenly, the day after their 10th anniversary while she was filming in LA and heavily pregnant with their 3rd child.
He was aged 43.
It is, without doubt, a beautiful and moving tribute but one of the other reasons I enjoyed it is because in her grief, she talks about issues few would ever dare say in public and yet from personal experience, I know they are screaming loudly inside your head when you lose someone close.
This book does more for having kids, appreciating what you have, understanding death and errrrmn, life insurance, than pretty much all the contrived stuff put out by companies and corporations … so if you want to have some material to open up a positive conversation about death with your loved ones – or simply remember that focus groups and research reports can never truly capture what people feel and think, buy this book.
You can get it here.
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