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Gone in the Morning

Gone in the Morning

A Writer’s Journey of Bereavement

Geoff Mead

Quick Overview

Looking at how Geoff Mead learned to cope with the grief of his wife's passing, this book shows the importance that 'artful practice', such as writing, can have in making sense of the experience. A moving first person account, it will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about the different ways of mourning and commemorating a life.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 9.02in x 6.18in / 229mm x 157mm, 184pp
ISBN: 9781785923555
2017, ePUB, 144pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-691-9
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An exploration of death, bereavement and grief. This first hand account gives Geoff Mead's experience of responding to the loss of his wife from a brain tumour. Giving insight into the grieving process and how Geoff learned to manage his grief, this book will offer hope to anyone experiencing something similar.

After coming to the realisation that mourning is a conscious process, to which we can apply creativity, passion and intelligence, Geoff explored the unknown territory of bereavement through his writing. The book shows how artful practice, such as writing, can help to make sense of our experience and navigate the wreckage of grief.


'A beautifully crafted tale of one man's grief - and a testament to the healing power of art. By inter-weaving the threads of his raw experience with strands of story, poetry, prose and photographs, Geoff Mead transforms his cruel and untimely loss into a tapestry of artful work and shining moments. There's a deep learning here and a visibly growing soul. Essential reading for those on the lonely road of bereavement.'
- William Ayot, poet and author of Re-enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular Age

'A compelling read, reminding us of the importance of facing into grief, of finding creative ways to consciously mourn, thus finding solace for ourselves as well as honouring our loved one. I will be sharing this book widely as a handbook for conscious mourning that reminds us of the sweetness of life.'
- Juliet Grayson, UKCP registered psychotherapist and author of Landscapes of the Heart: The Working World of a Sex and Relationship Therapist

'A heartbreakingly moving and yet wonderfully hopeful chronicle of a unique and mysterious journey - from the shattering illness and death of his wife Chris to a beautiful reborn wholeness. Geoff unfolds the map of his grief over several years, from the first illness to the beginning of a new life and love. He offers no advice but this tale would be inspiring for anyone who has known loss of this depth.This is a story worthy of a great love, deeply borne.'
- Judith Hemming, Psychotherapist

'A poignant and beautifully written account of life , love and grief. A personal story that will no doubt resonate with others who have lived through the death of someone they love.'
- Diana Crossley, Clinical Psychologist

'It is a privilege to bear witness to one man's deeply personal journey through the rocky terrain of grief, loss and bereavement, told with the raw pain and profound honesty of one who has been through the whirlwind and stepped out the other side. This will be a precious gift for others searching for comfort and solace whilst experiencing the anguish of losing a loved one.'
- Jaki Harris, Grief and Loss Specialist

'Gone in the Morning is a testament to the power of writing to affirm, inquire and express doubt during difficult passages of life. Unswerving in its account, the reader is led alongside Geoff (and his charismatic cockerpoo, Ted) as he travels through 'active mourning'. His journey and his writing habits are an act to follow for the bereaved in this modest account of a recovery 'through' (not over) loss.'
- Claire Williamson, Programme Leader, MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, Metanoia Institute.

'Like a master poet, Geoff moves in and out of story and reality in this marvelous book. He invites us to walk alongside him as he shares his experience of loss, love and the birth of a new narrative.'
- David Drake, author of Narrative Coaching: Bringing Our New Stories to Life

'I am moved and inspired by Geoff's beautifully written and closely observed account of bereavement after his vivacious and extraordinarily creative wife Chris Seeley was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died 18 months later. It is a tribute to the therapeutic power of writing and above all a story of love, tenderness and hope. As someone recently bereaved myself, I found Gone in the Morning has invited me more fully into life, love and creativity'
- Dr Julia Wallond, General Practioner

'As someone who has experienced the death of a spouse through illness, I recognise the archetypal journey through the landscape of bereavement that Geoff explores; as a storyteller working primarily with coaching people in the telling of their true life stories, I know that creating a coherent narrative from seemingly inexplicable life events brings understanding, acceptance and ultimately, peace. When that story is told well, those benefits spread. This is such a story.'
- Sue Hollingsworth, Centre for Biographical Storytelling

'Written with immediacy and resonance, poignancy and humour, Gone in the Morning strikes a fine balance between life and loss. Geoff Mead's warmly human writing voice makes it a trusty companion in this most solitary of human experiences. I am grateful that this book has been written.'
- Barbara Turner-Vesselago, author of Writing Without a Parachute: The Art of Freefall, and Freefall Into Fiction: Finding Form

'A remarkable book - beautifully written by an accomplished writer/storyteller - it tells, through blog extracts, poetry and pictures, of the writer's emotional journey during the final months of illness and then, the two years after his wife's death...Each extract is a complete little story in itself - and brief enough that I could not resist the urge to read 'just one more' before turning out the light. It was a compulsive read...Most of us experience love and loss, and yet we find it hard to talk of such things. Now I feel that I have a greater understanding of my own journey of grief, and a better way of thinking and talking about it.'
- Jill Lamede


By (author): Geoff Mead