Love Untethered is about holding on to hope and finding meaning and purpose again after a traumatic loss.
Vanessa May gives a moving account of what she went through after the unexpected death of her son, demonstrating that it's possible to survive such a shattering and traumatic loss, even when that might feel impossible. By sharing her personal experience, the author enables others who have gone through a similar loss to feel less isolated in their grief. She also provides advice on supporting physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing using her experience - not just as a bereaved mother, but as a nutritional therapist, wellbeing coach and now holistic grief coach. She offers the reader various tools for withstanding a devastating loss and for navigating a particularly challenging path.
Love Untethered is about holding on to hope when it feels like there isn’t any, and about finding purpose as a means of surviving a devastating and life-changing bereavement.
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Vanessa May has written a book that can truly help all those who are grieving find deep spiritual meaning, comfort and strength. Highly recommended. ~ Theresa Cheung, Sunday Times bestselling author.
Love Untethered is so beautiful and gives me great hope that somehow (as a bereaved parent) we can take baby steps forward. A greater understanding of the unthinkable happening is definitely needed. Because for some of us, it did happen. The unthinkable did happen. And I take the greatest comfort from Vanessa's honesty. From the physical side of grief to the emotional side, to the behaviour of friends and the world outside - it all needs to be more out there so that the grief associated with losing a child can be better understood. I think this book will help so many. ~ Lucy Lyndhurst, mother of actor Archie Lyndhurst
Vanessa’s book is unusual in its fusion of heart-breaking honesty and determined, resolute hope. She tells her story plainly, but never gratuitously, in an elegant style that puts the raw emotion of such a great loss centre stage. It is essential reading for the bereaved and those trying to support them. I was - and remain - deeply moved by her strength and courage. ~ Nancy Tucker, author of The First Day of Spring, The Time in Between and That Was When People Started to Worry
Love Untethered is heartfelt and beautifully written, I'm sure it will resonate with many people who have experienced losing a child. ~ Giles Paley-Phillips, author and host of award nominated podcasts
I believe this is such an important work and should be a core text for counsellors. But most importantly it shares the raw essence of what it is to get through the day as a bereaved parent ~ Elaine Wilkins, NHS Trainer, coaching and mentoring for Health Professionals
The subtitle to this book is “How to live when your child dies” and Vanessa May writes from devastating personal experience. She offers physiological amongst other explanations as to why bereaved parents feel as they do, and good, wide-ranging advice as to how to navigate a way through the days, weeks, months and years following such a trauma. This book will help anyone who is in the tragic situation that Vanessa May found herself in, and indeed it offers excellent guidance and suggestions for the bereaved generally. I thoroughly recommend it. ~ Louise Hamlin, author of 'WhatsApps from Heaven'
Vanessa May’s book, Love Untethered, places her hand on your chest and rips open your heart, all with boundless empathy and compassion. Then, slowly, inexorably, does she replace each shard, each fragment that resembles your life at the loss of a precious loved-one. Your heart becomes grander, more open, more robust and resilient - greater than the sum of its previous parts – all in the face of confrontation with intense grief and overwhelming trauma. Vanessa’s profound experience so eloquently described then shows us the ‘how to’ put the pieces together and the ‘what to’ do to rise above while still bearing the load. This book is a testament to how well they work. Love Untethered is NOT just a book for parents who have lost a child. It is far, far deeper than that. It is a book for people who have ever loved - and I’m pretty sure that’s all of us. But, for the ‘why’ of it all I guess we will have to trust that God knows what He’s doing. ~ Stephen Chong M.Ed., author of 'The Afterlife, a journey to' & 'Bodies of Consequence'
I thoroughly recommend this book, especially for newly bereaved parents. In my experience, I know how difficult it is to concentrate and books written clearly, with the text broken into digestible chunks, are what we need. Also the honest and immediate way Vanessa tells her story makes it easy to connect with someone who knows what it feels like to grieve for a child. Add to that her really useful advice and this book is excellent. ~ Mary Hartley, bereaved mother