Gifted By Grief: A True Story of Cancer, Loss and Rebirth

poster My husband, Philip, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2010. He  died 14 months later. It was an amazing journey for both of us, and  continued for me since he died. He had written a blog about what  turned out to be his last year (you can see it here) and I’ve now written  the story of these last few years which have been quite a  journey.

(You can download the first 2 chapters for free here).

Wild Wisdom was born out of this time, and I always knew I’d  need to write about this, but it was only in  July 2014 that the urge  came  through in full flow.

The book includes excerpts from Philip’s blog, and also my own journal entries written at the time.

The wonderful Robert Holden wrote the foreword – here we are together outside the Blue Angel cafe in the Findhorn Foundation, just before the launch:


To look at my video about the book, see what others are saying, and buy a copy, visit my other site

UPDATE!!  as at March 2017

Isn’t it amazing how life gives you different from what you might imagine?

After I published Gifted By Grief, so many people commented on Chapter 10 (where I had written about the questions I had asked Philip before he died) that a whole new direction opened up for me.

That direction has recently taken the form of a new social enterprise organisation, Before I Go Solutions, where we help people design and create their own end of life plans with courage, creativity and commitment.

It’s quite something – explore more about it here – and get the latest on what I am up to.

2 thoughts on “

  1. I applaud you for finding the “gift” in death. My first book, Blessings in the Mire was the catalyst to my survival. I wrote through the grief of losing my son, but the writing took on a direction all its own, and the book unraveled the strings of many undercurrents of my life. In short, it’s nice to stumble onto another human who has discovered the importance of identifying the “blessings in the mire,” regardless of how nefarious the events. Sending you much love and light for your journey….
    xox Jan Deelstra

    • Thank you so much Jan; and I’m so sorry to hear about your son. It sounds like you have managed to learn and grow through that too. Many blessings to you

Leave a Reply