by C.S. Lewis (Author)
A Grief Observed comprises the reflections of the great scholar and Christian on the death of his wife after only a few short years of marriage. Painfully honest in its dissection of his thoughts and feelings, this is a book that details his paralysing grief, bewilderment and sense of loss in simple and moving prose.
Invaluable as an insight into the grieving process just as much as it is as an exploration of religious doubt, A Grief Observed will continue to offer its consoling insights to a huge range of readers, as it has for over fifty years.
'A classic of the genre, a literary answer to the pain of loss.' Robert McCrum
Purchased this book on the advice of a friend after a experiencing a sudden bereavement which left me stunned and angry. While I cannot say it was a comfort it helped tremendously in my understanding of my own feelings and reactions. It is a very short book, just 70+ pages, divided into several short essays which I think it is best to read separately with an interval for reflection between. Depending on one's view of the existence of a God or an afterlife some of its premises are difficult to come to terms with, indeed my daughter had a totally different reaction when she read it although she too found it a help.