Cathy Rentzenbrink is a bestselling author, former editor at The Bookseller magazine and head of Quick Reads – short books to encourage adults who may not be readers. Because as Cathy believes: ‘After the wheel, the book must be one of the great inventions' since books are ‘a life raft’ - something Cathy has needed, more than once.
When she was 17, her younger brother was hit by a car. After the accident, he was in a so-called permanent vegetative state and the family had to endure eight years before they could have a funeral and fully grieve.
In this episode, Cathy talks to Helen about:
- Growing up with grief
- Sibling survivors
- The experience of panic attacks, anxiety and depression
- How therapy and EMDR can help
- Divorce and doing things differently in relationships
- Parenting and how to do it (neither of us have quite figured this out yet)
- Keeping going
- Practical advice for sad times
- …and ways to make life meaningful.
Trigger: bereavement, assisted dying