In the past, many works on bereavement and loss were written by experts, based on their work with distressed clients, leading to theories about stages of grief that felt dry and prescriptive. In contrast, this is a book of many voices, from all walks in life. It reveals how the experience of death and responses to it, is as varied as the human condition. It is to be welcomed, read slowly, and perhaps dipped into in quiet moments when our hearts need to know that there is a place beyond the desolation of loss.
Last year Virgin Media’s Ireland AM Camera Club ran a competition asking people to submit entries themed ‘Serenity’. These 12 stunning images were among the 36 winners, whose photographs now proudly hang in our palliative care patients’ bedrooms.
Special thanks to Jenny McCarthy for her support as well as those who submitted such beautiful photographic entries.