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Richard Littledale – No Visible Scar: Navigating your way through grief in the wake of Covid-19-restrictions

Authentic ​ISBN 978 1 78893 228 8 Price £1.99 (special rates for packs of 25 and 50) 40 pages

This is a tiny booklet that could easily be overlooked but it makes a significant contribution to the available literature on grief. 

It is born out of the author’s own loss of his wife of 30 years. Fiona was only 53 when she died. This booklet is a reflection on that loss against the backdrop of the many losses that we have experienced during the pandemic.  

Littledale captures well the experience of reliving his loss during a season when every major news broadcast will report the daily death toll. It was moving to read of how lockdown and social distancing has made coping with his grief even more difficult.

This booklet is personal, honest, well-observed and beautifully written. 

“I was an unwilling visitor in a foreign land called grief.”

Many others have found themselves visiting that land recently; here is a tender bite-sized travel guide from someone who has first-hand experience of the terrain.

In a Baptist Times interview the author was asked: “In one sentence, how would you describe No Visible Scar?  “No Visible Scar is a small book for a big need – bringing hope and help to those bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic.” 

Some of the insights written by the author here and in his book, Postcards have been broadcast on Radio 4. The booklet deserves a wide distribution. Its gentle wisdom will provide perspective and hope. The biblical content is introduced with a very light touch so it would be suitable for both Christians and non-Christians.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex

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