About Letters to Matthew

Letters to Matthew’ invites you into the world of grief. It is not sugar coated or edited to make it an easy read, which is why it has been separated into two distinct parts.

Part one contains the heartfelt letters written by grieving mother Louise to her son Matthew after he died at the age of twenty-seven. The letters are a mixture of anguish, deep sorrow, humour, wisdom, personal insights and experiences that may resonate with others who have lost a special person. The letters were written in the moment and capture her thoughts, feelings and insights that were going on for her at the time. They are at times, a difficult read, but they highlight how grief changes over time and how writing played a big part in supporting Louise through the darkest period of her life.

Part two is about her journey of self-discovery and how Louise turned her grief and loss into something positive. This book is not about fixing people or forcing the healing process because, as the book explains, there is no cure for grief. Grief can only be absorbed, carried, experienced and cared for.

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

Zora Neale Hurston