Grief is a cruel but inevitable aspect of life. Some deal with it better than others. I have written a novel which deals with the way we deal with grief. It includes some of my own poetry which seems to have had a profound effect on people around the UK who have been struggling with grief. I want to publicise the book to reach a larger audience so that my writing might provide solace for those struggling through own sadness. I need to raise money to work with publicists to expose the book on radio, TV, Internet and in press.
I have experienced a great deal of grief over the last 15 years or so, starting with the death of my friend in the 9/11 attacks on New York, this was followed by the death of my unborn child and recently my mother's passing after the long and painful after effects of a stroke. The effect on me was profound. It plunged me into a clinical depression which has stayed with me since, it comes up and bites me on the behind every now and then. However, it has also given me a heightened appreciation of life. As well as writing, I also work with preschool children every day. Their laughter, smiles and love serve to magnify my love of life in the face of my depression. As such I have come to understand that love and friendship really is the key to dealing with grief.
Therefore my latest novel is a story of seventy-something Anwyn, a spirited woman who has moved back to her ancestral St David's on the far west coast of Wales following the death of her husband. Here her memory begins to falter and she fears that she is suffering the onset of dementia and is terrified that she will lose the only thing that matters to her - the memory of her husband. However, friendship is on hand thanks to an unlikely alliance with fractured family, including a young boy, Peter, who has his own grief to deal with. Companionship also comes in the unlikely form of an aging radiogram in Anwyn's humble cliff-side cottage. Poetry forms a major part of the story and the novel includes a number of poems which serve to bring perspective to anyone suffering grief.
It is, ultimately, a heart-warming tale which reminds us that although grief is one of the loneliest of conditions, it is one of the few things that we all have in common.
Should I exceed the target of £10,000 I will donate the remainder to the charity Grief Encounter, which supports bereaved children around the UK.