Grief: Why can’t we talk about grief?

A fundamental component of healthy grieving is to experience the pain and sorrow associated with loss. Equally important is giving yourself permission to take breaks away from your grief. But we seem to avoid it all together, never having that conversation.

So why can’t we have honest conversations about grief?

This week we had two wonderful authors contributing so we have an extra-long special episode!

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Giles Paley-Phillips is the award-winning author whose work includes There’s a Lion in my Bathroom, and Things You Never Knew About Dinosaurs. One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days is his first book for adults:

Writer and poet Maya Kalaria maps her journey into the mysterious underworld of grief and the extraordinary lessons she learned in the darkness in Half Woman Half Grief:

Raju Mazumder, a data analyst working for a tech company

Publicity consultant, media trainer, and author of Breaking into the Media, Sandra Coffey

Writer, artist, event specialist, Love Viva podcast host, and entrepreneur of Love Viva Cakes and Crafts Viva Andrada O’Flynn

Here are some of the resources from the show:

This video is a clip from the documentary SPEAKING GRIEF, now available to watch at Here is author and therapist Megan Devine on her views:

Books looked at this week:

Giles Paley-Phillips: One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days

Maya Kalaria: Half Woman Half Grief

Megan Devine: It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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