Death during Covid-19 has become something that we have become used to, but the personal stories that are yet to emerge from this unprecedented period in human history will paint a picture of the real-life experiences of grief, hardship, and pain that people and families have endured. Gavin Perrett is one such person, who lost both of his parents in a few short weeks during the dark days of Spring and early Summer 2020.
Writing now completed, Gavin Perrett will launch his new book
“Transforming Grief: From Tragedy Emerges Hope” in November 2021.
Gavin’s book is a brutally honest, passionate, and detailed account of his personal life and reactions. Beginning during his early years through the tragic circumstances surrounding his parents’ deaths, to his opinions of “anti-vaxxers” and “conspiracy theorists”. The final chapters present the strategies that he has used to work through the grief process.
Gavin Perrett said, “There will be countless stories of personal tragedy, resilience, and how people and families have overcome catastrophe long after the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
I have written this book as a way to share my own experiences, and to help my own healing process. But I hope that by sharing my experiences I can, in some way, reach out to people who have shared similar tragic circumstances, and let them know that they are not alone.”
Transforming Grief: From Tragedy Emerges Hope launches on November 11. The book will be serialised in the lead-up to the launch, with insight and experiences of the writing process shared by Gavin through his social channels.
In the first short extract, Gavin introduces his writing, “I have combined my personal experiences of grief with my knowledge and expertise as a coach to produce this book, which is designed to inspire hope and empower those who have also experienced a tragic loss.”
“Grief is a sufficiently complex entity on its own without having its fans flamed by a litany of dramatic side stories. In 2020, that is precisely what happened to me. I lost both of my parents to Covid-19 three weeks apart, during a period of international lockdown away from family and friends, whilst continuing to run multiple businesses. It was absolutely crazy and complete mayhem, looking back on it now. How did I get through it? How did I survive? How did I recover, and how did I grow?
Traumatic Grief in complex circumstances is incredibly difficult to navigate. I would like to acknowledge that in the first instance. It is made trickier by virtue of the fact that no two people experience grief in the same way; sure, there are patterns that are reasonably predictable, but the order in which they surface varies wildly from person to person.
What I can supply in this book is empathy by the bucketload. I will take you on a journey deep into my soul, exposing my innermost vulnerability. By baring my soul to you in this way, I open the gates to a harsh reality that I feel is necessary to manage expectations. The brutality of this approach will be balanced by a story of power and hope; how I emerged from the depths of hell to stand tall in a chamber of inner strength and resilience.”