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Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad Hardcover – 3 Oct 2017
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'When Rebecca died, the idea that one day I might begin to feel better would have struck me as laughable ... I know how persuasive this kind of permanence thinking can be.
I know too that anyone locked in its grip will laugh if I promise them that their pain will one day ease. It will. Of course it will. But I know better than to expect anyone to believe me.'
In 2015, former England football star Rio Ferdinand suddenly and tragically lost his wife and soulmate Rebecca, aged 34, to cancer. It was a profound shock and Rio found himself struggling to cope not just with the pain of his grief, but also with his new role as both mum and dad to their three young children.
Rio's BBC1 documentary, Being Mum and Dad, touched everyone who watched it and won huge praise for the honesty and bravery he showed in talking about his emotions and experiences. His book now shares the story of meeting, marrying and losing Rebecca, his own and the family's grief - as well as the advice and support that get him through each day as they strive to piece themselves back together. Thinking Out Loud is written in the hope that he can inspire others struggling with loss and grief to find the help they need through this most difficult of times.See all Product description
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Thinking Out Loud
On 1 May 2015 my world fell apart. My wife Rebecca died of breast cancer, leaving me to bring up our three children alone. I retired from professional football later that month, and for the first time in my life I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.
I didn’t even know how to work the washing-machine. All I knew was that my kids needed me, and if I was going to help them, I was going to have to ask for help too.
To say this was not easy would be putting it mildly. To be the best as a sportsman, you have to train your mind to think in a very particular way, and I learned to do so from a very young age. I was about to find out that the tools I had learned as a footballer were the last thing my children needed from their dad when tragedy struck.
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