There’s no doubt that grief is one of the most painful emotions we ever have to deal with. Feelings of grief can be caused by any number of life events, including divorce, separation, personal injury, illness or redundancy. But the most obvious and challenging source of grief has to be bereavement, especially with the loss of a close family member, partner or friend.

With grief comes a host of other bewildering emotions such as anger, guilt, helplessness and feelings of isolation. All of those emotions can make it feel impossible to escape a period of grief, or to know how to help someone else to move forward in their lives.

With her new book, The Grief Garden Path, Julie New offers real hope to anyone who has lost someone they love. Based on her analogy of life being like a garden, in which everything needs to be nurtured in order to survive and flourish, Julie introduces her new concept of the ‘good grief garden path’.

Julie New is a highly experienced personal recovery coach, who has worked for many years helping people to overcome particularly difficult times. Thanks in part to her own experiences of grief, she has found positive and inspiring ways to help anyone to move forward from the pain of loss, and to rediscover happiness in their lives.

Julie explains, ‘The grieving process is a natural and vital part of overcoming grief. Even understanding that process can be incredibly helpful, and just as important is looking after yourself. Nearly everyone stops thinking about themselves when they have lost someone they love, but we all need certain things in our life in order to be healthy and happy.’

‘The Grief Garden Path’ gives clear insight into the grieving process, and practical advice on how to understand where you are on the ‘grief garden path’. After a heartwarming fictional story, Julie includes nine touching real-life stories, contributed by people who have experienced sometimes overwhelming grief, including from the loss of a parent, a sibling and a child. Each of those people adds their own ‘golden nuggets of wisdom’ – helpful tips on how to cope with grief.

Julie says, It’s important to remember that everyone’s journey of grief is personal and individual. However, there are similarities for everyone in the process of grief. My aim is to help everyone to understand that there really is some light at the end of the tunnel, and to help them on their journey towards it.

‘The Grief Garden Path will be published during Grief Awareness week, 2–9 December 2020. It is available to pre-order from October 2020.

Julie New is always happy to hear from anyone who is struggling to overcome personal setbacks. You’ll find her contact details on her website: www.julienew.co.uk.