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CHAPTER 7


CHAPTER 7


Creating a fulfilling life after loss


Trish Staples MA (Couns), Med. is an independent mental health professional who became a counsellor after her husband’s death in 1997. Since 2001, Trish has been a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care, the leading national charity for bereaved people.


Few events in life are as painful as the death of your partner, but you can learn to live on in a way which honours your past and appreciates your present. Bereavement expert Trish Staples explains...


What does it really mean to have ‘lost’ your partner? Having spent many hours with bereaved individuals, old and young, I would say the answer varies widely. And loss may not always mean death: you may feel you’ve lost a partner due to illness or dementia.


What is actually ‘lost’ is more than the person, or their physical presence. In a partnership, one person tends to play a particular role, and this is generally what


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