This is not a self-help book on how to cope with death and loss, it is an honest, raw and personal account of a man's descent into the Madness of Grief. Richard provides a frank account of the trials and tribulations he endured during the weeks between the death and the funeral of the man he loved. Funny, sad, touching and thought provoking, it reminds us that grief has no normality, no time limit and most importantly, no rules.
This is a book that captures brilliantly, beautifully, bravely the comedy as well as the tragedy of bereavement. The Madness of Grief is simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, painful and strangely comforting as it confronts the reality of what happens to us all in the end.
Bold, intimate writing... The Madness of Grief is not a manual for the bereaved, but as a vivid account of how it feels when the world suddenly falls away, it performs another kind of service.
His musings on joining the ranks of what he calls "fellow casualties of the war with death" will strike a chord with anyone who has grieved... The book shines with the sort of wry, self-analytical wisdom you might expect from Coles... Full of resonating reflections, ones that urge us all to be kinder, to love more strongly.
Heartbreakingly sad and searingly honest... For those who find themselves bereaved, this book is sure to help.
You don't need to be religious to find comfort in this book. Anybody who has experienced a similar complex grief will relate to many of Coles's anecdotes
Although not a self-help book, the homilies, experience and catharsis within creates invaluable solace. It will resonate for the myriad struggling with grief wrought by the pandemic.
Deeply moving . . . [the book] has an immediacy that is not born of long reflection and it is all the better for it
An honest book, and a brave one
Moving and candid, this book will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one, or has had to cope with someone they love whom they just cannot help.
In this memoir, he shares his truth, stays kind, and, when possible, brings a smile... By reflecting the hurts of others' losses with such beauty and integrity, he confirms that it is his open humanity that is priestly. It gives me yet another reason to admire him.
Immensely moving and disarmingly witty.
Such a moving, tough, funny, raw, honest read. The beautiful articulation of Richard's grief will be a comfort to so many.
His reading is pitch-perfect... creating an aural kaleidoscope. It is, at heart, a meditation on the nature of loss and one that is as strangely comforting as it is wrenching and painful.
Beautifully written, moving and gut-wrenching, but also at times very funny, each smile and laugh a candle in the dark.
Beautiful, honest and massively comforting.