The Foundation’s application to the Charities Commission for charitable status was approved on 21st April 2016. As a consequence the LTF is now a registered charity (reference number 1166657)
Just Carry on Breathing is a powerful, raw, touching and insightful account of Louise’s husband Gary’s journey through the first year of widowhood. It follows Gary’s attempts to deal with his overwhelming grief, adjust to the daily realities of his loss, make sense of the tragedy of suicide and begin the task of rebuilding his life. An essential read for anybody who has lost their partner, particularly at a young age, or been bereaved by suicide, and for those who want to understand the experience of others in these positions, the book explores the universal emotions and issues facing widows and widowers and suicide survivors, including confusion, exhaustion, guilt, numbness and anger.
As the year progresses Gary touches on topics ranging from faith, remembrance, his changing sense of self, mental illness and the bravery of suicide to the practical aspects of bereavement such as the empty bed, the loss of sex, dealing with his wife’s possessions, holidaying alone and the impact on relationships with friends and family.
At its heart a story as much about love and hope as it is of grief and mourning, Just Carry on Breathing tenderly demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy and loss and, ultimately, holds open the possibility of adjustment, recovery and new life.
All Gary’s royalties will be donated to the LTF and the Widowed and Young Foundation.
Published by Bennion Kearney, the book is available to purchase here at a cost of £12.99 hard copy or £8.49 in e-book format.