After Life After You

 

After Life, After You: True Stories of Love, Grief and Hope, by S.K. Reid.

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things we can confront in life. Whilst grief is a universal experience, it is also profoundly personal and deeply individual.

Every significant loss is unique, and in this respect, spousal bereavement is no different, bringing its own particular form of anguish, nuances around loss and idiosyncratic experiences of grief.

In the context of spousal bereavement, it is rarely a case that a couple dies together. More generally, one partner will die before the other, leaving one half of the couple to cope with the burden of profound grief and mourning.

Alone.

Most people in a relationship don't think of confronting thoughts such as who might die first and what will happen after.

That is, until it happens to them.

Suddenly, one's whole life is turned upside down. 

 

After Life After You starts with the death of the author's husband, Stu when he was only 33. The shock and grief S.K.Reid encountered was so devastating she did not think she would survive.

Survival was made possible by sharing in the experiences of others who had endured similar loss. An advocate of the power and therapeutic value in sharing our stories, S.K.Reid's first book is testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

After Life After You is based around conversations and reflections with ten Australians - three men and seven women - who grapple with one of life’s darkest challenges: the death of one’s partner.

 

In three parts After Life After You explores love, loss, and the eventual awakening of new life after loss.

 

This book is written with the bereaved partner in mind, yet is also an invaluable resource for friends, family and support workers who wish to have greater understanding about the anguish, heartache and life challenges facing the ones left behind.