Welcome to my first book. I’m a Galway girl and a Limerick Lady. I was raised in Galway but studied, and now live, in Limerick. I’m telling my story about a young girl who loved and lost. That young girl is me. So, this is a deeply personal account of my story thus far.
I hope I can bring you some peace and clarity about death and grief. I recently met a woman in a café who came over to me and thanked me for a blog post I wrote about dealing with loss at Christmas time. She said she always felt alone with grief but reading my piece made her realise that we all feel the same loss. That is my aim for this book, to show you that you are not alone on this journey.
‘Broken Love’ takes a look at the emotions tied to loss and grief. I lost my brother, Marcus, in 2005 in a car accident and my Dad, Maxie, passed away just a year later in 2006 after an illness. I was fifteen and sixteen years old at the time and those deaths shook me to the core and left me broken hearted. Since then, I have spent years working on myself as I travelled the dark road of grief. I’ve learned so much about it and learned to live with loss.
I also touch on separation and divorce, which is something I experienced as my parents broke up in 1993. Parents splitting up also brings with it loss and grief. I’ve also talked openly about the affect my grief had on those around me.
There’s some poetry in here as well, stuff I’ve written over the years, very raw and honest accounts of what I was feeling at different times. I went through a lot of therapy down through the years and tried various healing methods all of which I mention and explore in this book. I am not a therapist, nor have I ever formally studied psychology. I use personal stories to explain what I went through in the hope of shining light on the darkness and to assist you on your road to acceptance.
Thank you for reading and, remember, you never walk alone. Meghann.