Book Launch: When Words Are Not Enough

Date: Fri Oct 28th

Time: 6:30 pm

Duration: 60 mins

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We are delighted to formally launch When Words Are Not Enough: Creative Responses to Grief, a new
book by Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds.

Everyone grieves for someone at some point in their lives. But how do we deal with the silence that often
surrounds grief? How do we find ways to express painful feelings when words are not enough? In this
deeply personal and beautiful reflection on grief Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds draw on their own
experience of loss, and how the death of their son Josh has led to a creative response that is more than
word bound.

In 2011 Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds’ son Joshua died in a road accident while travelling in
Vietnam. In the years that followed they founded The Good Grief Project, a UK based charity to
support other bereaved families and to promote their understanding of grief as creative and active
process. This book follows their journey. It also tells the story of 13 other bereaved people who have
also found a creative response to their grief.

The emphasis on ‘continuing bonds’ and their own way of maintaining a relationship with Josh, is both
emotional and practical. Echoed in the other case studies they illustrate how creativity can shape a
future where the deceased still play a part even while physically absent and how this is a normal and
restorative aspect of the grieving process. Grief can also be a wonderful educator with new
discoveries to be had.

‘The word I keep coming back to with this book is beautiful, not a word I would usually associate with
grief. But this book is rich in detail and compassion, it is authoritative and kind. Through their immense
loss and pain Jane and Jimmy have done an extraordinary thing and redefined grief as love turned
inside out. They make grief less scary. I have not read a better book on grief.’ Annalisa Barbieri, The


Dr Lesel Dawson

Facilitator Jane Harris

Jane Harris

Facilitator Jimmy Edmonds

Jimmy Edmonds