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Do you suffer from grief? Eight simple steps to help you through bereavement
When Bella Pollen’s mother died unexpectedly, the last thing she wanted was to explore her feelings… until she spoke to the visionary grief counsellor Julia Samuel. Here, she shares her own story – and Samuel’s eight steps to help deal with grief
I was standing in the entrance of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, fiddling coins into a payphone when Julia Samuel walked into my life. Slim and dressed for business, she looked at the squab of a newborn I was clutching, then squinted at me.