If you belong to a book club and it’s your turn to nominate a title, I hope My Mourning Year will spark a lively and thought provoking discussion.
Here are a few questions that might help…
- How well does our society support people who are bereaved?
- Why do you think we are not comfortable talking about death?
- Andrew wrote the book partly to ‘stop people making the same mistakes as me’. What do you think he should have done differently?
- What helped the most in his recovery?
- If you could have given him some advice, based on your own experiences of bereavement, what would you say?
- How had Andrew’s parents changed from the beginning to the end of the book?
- How was Andrew been changed?
- Andrew contacted various mediums. Do you think this is helpful or a hindrance to bereaved people?
- There is tension in the book between remembering and talking about someone you lost and putting the pain behind you and moving on, which side of the divide do you favour and why?
- If you keep a diary, how has writing it changed the way you approach day-to-day life? Would you ever publish it and who do you think would be most upset if he or she read it?