Guidebook Helps Readers Come to Terms with Bereavement

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Author Gillian Leggat addresses emotional and spiritual sides of dealing with grief

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I was inspired to write this book because I wanted to help people deal with the different stages of bereavement

In her book “Breath of God” (published by iUniverse), author Gillian Leggat helps readers cope with the trauma and loss of losing a loved one.

In “Breath of God,” Leggat offers resources for anyone who has suffered a bereavement, especially of a spouse or life partner. Although she takes readers along a painful journey, she offers hope and inspiration along the way, guiding them through their grief toward recovery.

“I was inspired to write this book because I wanted to help people deal with the different stages of bereavement,” explains Leggat. “Apart from the therapeutic nature of the writing process for myself, I believed that by sharing my experiences, other people who have been through pain and loss could be assisted in understanding the process, and encouraged by a message of hope.”

An excerpt from “Breath of God”:

“If I am really honest with myself, I have to admit that my darling Robert could have died any time during the past seven years. There had been plenty of warnings, scares and false alarms: severe angina attacks on the eighteen-hour annual pilgrimages to Great Brak River; chest pains and breathing spasms in the middle of the night; pains down the arms; pains in the legs; frequent respiratory attacks wherever he was, especially when he was exerting himself.

But God kept his promise to me. He had told me that Robert’s first sickness was to the glory of God, and that my Robert, despite his severe breathing problems and chronic heart condition, wasn’t going to go out so easily.”

Although Leggat focuses on helping readers through the bereavement process, she also addresses the spiritual side of losing a loved one. She hopes her discussion of heaven and God offers readers the spiritual healing they need in their time of suffering.

About the Author
Gillian Leggat was born in Johannesburg. She holds a master’s degree in English, and has taught – primarily high school, but also primary school along with some involvement in tertiary education – all her life. She is a widow and has three grown children – two daughters and a son. She has a passion for writing and for teaching writing, and she has run writers’ workshops for various age groups and organized two major writing conferences at her school, inviting local authors to speak to her students. She has published many children’s books through traditional publishers, and her books have been translated into other African languages and used in schools – particularly in Botswana.

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