Stuff I wrote

I wrote an article for this magazine back in 2009, I wrote then, as I do now, about people and their lives, which in this particular example was about my father and his experiences in the army during the Suez crisis.

On this occasion, in an article I wrote for Yours magazine in 2011. I remembered walking as a child in the Whit Sunday walks, and the way in which this occasion gave people an excuse to don their glad rags and unite as a community.


The Funny Thing About Being a Widow?

Published in 2019 and available here

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 Sandra E Manning is a trained laughter therapy facilitator and a founder member of Grieving Overwhelmed Widows Negotiating Stuff or GOWNS, a group whose focus is on how laughter can be used as a therapeutic aid when grieving a spouse or partner.

Her belief that laughter really is the best medicine is what compelled the author to write this, the 1st   in the series of The Funny Thing About Being a Widow? Books after losing her husband to gastric cancer in 2014.

Using a well-developed sense of humour and, at times, a brutally honest appraisal of the methods she employed to blot out the excruciating pain of her loss, Sandra takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride.

This ultimately uplifting account will not only elicit tears of sadness but, those caused by the inclusion of many, laugh out loud moments too.

A must-have read for anyone who despairs that they will ever again hear the sound of their own laughter.   

 ‘If you can learn to laugh again, so can you learn to live again’.  Sandra E Manning.