Books on losing a partner | Cruse Bereavement Care

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On a white horse

Cathy Phelan Watkins memoir offers a vivid and lyrically written account of the illness and death of her husband, and the creative act of memorialising him through creating a sculpture of a white horse.

Diary of a Grief

Peter Woods’ wife died after 53 years of marriage and his diary over the next three years traces his experience of grieving. It was a journey which often felt like taking one step forward and two steps backwards, but in which he gradually finds calm.

A Grief Observed

Comprises the reflections of CS Lewis on the death of his wife after only a few short years of marriage. Painfully honest in its dissection of his thoughts and feelings, this is a book that reflects on his grief and bewilderment and examines his Christian faith in simple and moving prose.

Why Not Me? A diary of love and loss

This memoir of grief recounts the death from cancer of Nick Clarke, much-loved BBC radio presenter  - and the aftermath - from his widow Barbara's point of view. With painful honesty, Barbara describes her husband's illness and her struggles to deal with the rage and despair of bereavement, while supporting her young sons. Barbara dedicates the book to her Cruse Bereavement Volunteer, whose support and encouragement enabled her to continue.

The Empty Bed

Bereavement and the loss of love by Susan Wallbank looks at the loss of a sexual partner, at whatever age this may happen, and includes open discussion of the effects of loss of physical intimacy.

The Presence

Several months after the death of poet Dannie Abse's wife, Joan, in a car accident, he began to write a diary which is both a record of present grief and a portrait of a marriage that lasted more than fifty years. The result is The Presence.

The Year of Magical Thinking

The night before New Year’s Eve Joan Didion and her husband were just sitting down to dinner after visiting their daugheter in hospital when John suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of 40 years was over. The Year of Magical Thinking is Didion’s ‘attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness … about marriage and children and memory … about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself’. 

A Widow's Story

A Widow's Story describes Joyce Carol Oates' struggle to comprehend a life absent of the partnership that had sustained and defined her for nearly half a century. She shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of "death duties," and the solace of friendship.

After You

The first lines of Maryalicia Post's book, After You, were written the night her husband died. She felt that something immense was happening to her, that just as death was transforming him from present to past, she was being transformed too.She continued the diary for a year.