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It’s Complicated: Mourning the Death of my Father

I never got to say goodbye to my father. He died in September, just hours before my flight left London for Durban, South Africa. I had rushed back to London after completing the Cotswold Way, bought my plane ticket and hoped I would make it back in time to say goodbye. But I was too […]

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Writing to Heal: The Healing Power of Writing

A few years ago, while very ill with arthritis, I came across a book called Writing to Heal by James W. Pennebaker, PhD. Dr Pennebaker is a research psychologist at the University of Texas who discovered the amazing healing effect that expressive writing can have on people who have experienced trauma. His research proved that […]

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