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



Recently I did a series of videos with my friend Joanne Tindale. This episode is all about RELAXATION TECHNIQUES. On that steaming hot day in January we had no idea of the bizarre world we’d all find ourselves in now.

As stress levels rise and fear and anxiety reach new heights, these easy ways to help soothe and calm yourself are more valuable than ever. These simple techniques I’ve picked up from yoga and a variety of healing modalities will help you release some of that tension and feel better.

Watch this quick video presentation and do the exercises along with Joanne and I,  and  you’ll be feeling much more relaxed in just minutes.


Take some deep breaths and trust that all of this madness is in fact a deeply healing time for our world. The planet is getting to breathe deeper and we humans are getting a chance to reset our priorities and slow down.

I reckon it’s like the Earth Mother has put us all in the naughty corner for a while to, “Just have a think about our behaviour!”

I recently watched this uplifting Youtube interview with Aboriginal elder Sri Devi Mulharra and  was very happy to learn that all my freaky daily routines like grounding and tree hugging have an ancient source. I hope you’ll find it soothing to your spirit too.

Take good care of yourself and keep smiling. The world is still a beautiful place.

We’re all in this together. We always were.