This is not a self-help book on how to cope with death and loss, it is an honest, raw and personal account of a man's descent into the Madness of Grief. Richard provides a frank account of the trials and tribulations he endured during the weeks between the death and the funeral of the man he loved. Funny, sad, touching and thought provoking, it reminds us that grief has no normality, no time limit and most importantly, no rules.
This is a book that captures brilliantly, beautifully, bravely the comedy as well as the tragedy of bereavement. The Madness of Grief is simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, painful and strangely comforting as it confronts the reality of what happens to us all in the end.
Bold, intimate writing... The Madness of Grief is not a manual for the bereaved, but as a vivid account of how it feels when the world suddenly falls away, it performs another kind of service.
His musings on joining the ranks of what he calls "fellow casualties of the war with death" will strike a chord with anyone who has grieved... The book shines with the sort of wry, self-analytical wisdom you might expect from Coles... Full of resonating reflections, ones that urge us all to be kinder, to love more strongly.
Heartbreakingly sad and searingly honest... For those who find themselves bereaved, this book is sure to help.
You don't need to be religious to find comfort in this book. Anybody who has experienced a similar complex grief will relate to many of Coles's anecdotes