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  • A Clinical Psychologist's Experience of Grief
  • By: Vanessa Moore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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One Thousand Days and One Cup of Tea

By: Vanessa Moore
Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
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Summary

Vanessa's husband, Paul, dies suddenly and tragically on their regular Sunday morning swim. 

How will she cope with her dilapidated house, her teenage children, the patients who depend on her? Will therapy help? Why do mysterious white feathers start appearing in unexpected places?

As a clinical psychologist, Vanessa Moore is used to providing therapy and guidance for her patients. But as she tries to work out how to survive the trauma that has derailed her life, she begins to understand her profession from the other side. Like her, many of her patients were faced with life events they hadn't been expecting - a child born with a disability or life-limiting illness, a sudden bereavement, divorce, failure - and it is their struggles and stories of resilience and bravery that begin to help her process her own personal loss. 

Taking us through her journey towards recovery as she navigates the world of dating and tries to seek the right therapy, Vanessa uses her professional skills to explore the many questions posed by unanticipated death and find a way forwards. Beautifully written and honestly relayed, One Thousand Days and One Cup of Tea is a heartbreaking grief memoir of the process of healing experienced as both a bereaved wife and clinical psychologist.

'This book is about a period of great loss in my life, a time when the tables were completely turned on me. I was a qualified therapist who suddenly found myself needing psychological therapy. I was a trained researcher who became my own research subject, as I tried to make sense of what was happening to me. I was an experienced manager who now struggled to manage the events taking place in my own life. Yet, throughout all this turmoil, my patients were always there, in the background, reminding me that there are many different ways to deal with loss and trauma and search for a way forwards.' (Vanessa Moore)

©2020 Vanessa Moore (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Dr Moore's 1000-day-plus journey evocatively and beautifully describes the mental devastation that personal loss can leave in its wake and offers us the remarkable combination of expert commentary and an intensely personal captivating narrative." (Peter Fonagy OBE, professor of contemporary psychoanalysis and head of Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL)

"A book that appeals to different audiences. It will reach out to those who have lost loved ones and need the comfort and solace of knowing that they are not alone in their suffering." (Luisa Stopa, professor of clinical psychology, University of Southampton)

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At first I felt the narrator was a little 'stiff ' but gradually, she seemed to relax and I got accustomed to her voice, and style.
The arc of the account of Vanessa Moore 's journey through her grief. interspersed with accounts of her therapy experience, and her work with her clients, was fascinating and intriguing. She is a talented writer, evoking mood and place with dexterity and accuracy.
As a mental health practitioner myself, I learned a great deal from her explorations in therapy. But as a Rogerian therapist, I felt frustrated and sad for her as she struggled with psychodynamic psychotherapy. I wanted to tell her that there is an approach which is totally based around what the client needs and wants, and was formulated expressly from research into what patients said helped them. Anyway, she found her way in the end, and arrived at the understanding, that she could be her own best friend. intriguing and engrossing I would recommend this to anyone interested in the human journey through life.