A Guide Through Grief – First Aid for Your Heart and Soul

A Guide Through Grief – First Aid for Your Heart and Soul

Practical tools, creative activities and yoga exercises to help you cope with the loss of someone you love.

Grief hurts. It hurts like hell. It’s only natural to want to run as far and as fast as you can in the opposite direction. Trouble is, the further you run, the greater the spectre of your grief becomes, growing into a terrifying monster, hot on your heels.

Don’t be afraid. Use this book to help you turn and face that monster of grief. Maybe you’ll find it’s not that scary after all. Discover ways to tame your grief and make it a wise friend to walk beside through life.

There is a way forward. You will feel better. You will learn to smile again. One day at a time. One step at a time. Breath by breath.

Let me take your hand and gently guide you towards healing the pain of losing someone you love. A new dawn is on its way.

A Guide Through Grief is the book I wish I’d been given when I was fourteen, experiencing grief for the first time after the death of my father. It has the tools I needed when I was twenty-one and my younger brother killed himself after a long painful battle with schizophrenia. The tools I had when, many years later, I lost my third child a few days after birth. In A Guide Through Grief I share those tools with you in the hope that they will bring you comfort and make your journey through the pain of loss easier. With gentleness and love.

‘Part-memoir, part-guidebook, this will serve as a comforting ally to those whose lives have been turned upside-down by grief.

Dr. Warren Ward – Psychiatrist and writer

‘Just wonderful – heartfelt and wise. A soothing balm for your soul. A comforting hug in a book.’

Favel Parrett, best-selling author of Past the Shallows, When the Night Comes, and There is Still Love

“Edwina Shaw understands grief in many ways – through devastating personal experience, in her work as a yoga teacher, and through facilitating workshops that explore emotions through writing. Brimming with wisdom, comfort and practical suggestions, ‘A Guide to Grief’ is a tender and compassionate handbook for negotiating loss.”

Dr. Fiona Robertson, medical practitioner and writer.

It’s available now on Amazon as an ebook to read for free, or at a small price so that it can reach those who really need it. Just waiting a day or so for it to be available as a Print on Demand edition for the US and UK markets.

And here in Australia I’m printing some of my own 🙂 Will let you know when they’re ready to go.

Please help my little book shine in the Amazon firmament by downloading or buying, you don’t even have to read it – though of course I hope you will.

In other news my story “Pinwheels” has been awarded one of The National Association of Loss and Grief awards in the 8th Annual Grieve Project Anthology – also available now.

And if you’d like a taste of my writing on grief, here’s my essay “The Gifts of Grief” published online at UPLIFT CONNECT.

Red Backed Wren Publishing logo! I drew it myself!! 🙂

A Guide Through Grief is the first book I’ve released through my own publishing house – Red Backed Wren Publishing. I hope there will be many more. I love those little birds – joy lives in their tiny beating hearts.

With love and gratitude,

Edwina xx



I’m excited that my special introductory and memoir writing retreat at Camp Koojarewon in Highfields north of Toowoomba is now back on track and ready to go. PHEW! And touch wood, cross fingers.

EARLY BIRD PRICES END AUGUST 31 so hurry and pay your deposit if you want to grab a bargain!

Is your creative spirit crying out for a little TLC? Always wanted to write but don’t know where to start? Need to reboot your writing mojo and be inspired to tackle that project you’ve been thinking about forever? Come along and regain your love of writing and life at the next Relax and Write Retreat

From 2pm FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER – 2 pm 25 OCTOBER 2020


Join like-minded women in a fun and supportive environment discovering just how much some deep relaxation can ignite your imagination and get you writing again. Relax and unwind with gentle morning yoga sessions and get writing with innovative workshops to help move those stories out of your head and onto the page.

“I feel transformed, as a writer and as a human being.”

Bianca Millroy – participant NANOWRIMO retreat 2019

The program includes two yoga sessions, four inspiring writing workshops covering the basics, plus advice on editing and submitting your work. Two nights basic dorm accommodation plus delicious vegetarian meals, morning and afternoon teas and a special dance night are included.

“The fully-catered retreat environment was comfortable and stress-free. Edwina and her team create an atmosphere that encourages, motivates and inspires.”

Gay Liddington – participant NANOWRIMO retreat 2019

Maria, Kathy and Jude – triple retreaters!

Connect with other creative women in a beautiful, peaceful location, be inspired by practical, informative workshops, stretch and relax with yoga and release your inner-goddess dancing under the stars. No more putting your dreams on hold. Treat yourself to this special weekend nurturing your writing spirit. You deserve it!

RETREAT PROGRAM All activities are optional



ARRIVAL from 3 pm

5 pm – Meet and Greet

6:00 –  DINNER

6:45 – 8:30 WORKSHOP 1– Your Stories



7:15am – 8:30 – Gentle morning yoga and breathing


10:00am – 12:30 pm – WORKSHOP 2 – Writing from start to finish – developing a plot and a plan

12.30 pm – LUNCH


4 – 6:00 pm – WORKSHOP 3 – Character and Dialogue

6:00 pm – DINNER

7:00– 8:30 pm – DANCING and chatting around the bonfire



7:15 – 8:30am – Gentle morning yoga and breathing


10:00 – 12:30 – WORKSHOP 4 – Where and how to submit work, goal setting, questions and collage

12:30 – LUNCH

1:30- 2pm DEPARTURES


Editorial feedback sessions with Edwina available on request $50 extra for those needing advice on a project.

FEEDBACK DETAILS – email Edwina your first 10 pages plus your synopsis at least 2 weeks prior to retreat for full edit/advice plus 20 minutes meeting time. Massages will also be available at extra cost.

COST for the weekend of writing, fun and feasting, including accommodation, all meals, 2 yoga sessions, 4 creative writing workshops and a dance night. Transport not included.

 $400 all inclusive!

EARLY BIRD $360 -Pay $200 deposit before 31 AUGUST 2020


then Drop Me a Line to let me know you’ve done so and I’ll secure a spot for you.

OR contact me to pay by Direct Deposit: preferred : )

Contact me any time for more info or with questions.

A very few single rooms are available for those with special needs at slightly extra cost. Contact Edwina.

Remember – as Heidi said “I knew the mountains would make her well!”