On 17 April, Stewart took us along with him through the journey he made after his wife Anne’s death in 2001, after 32 years together. Performing his own music he kept us captivated, and alternating between tears and laughter.
He described the almost indescribable pain, but showed us how it is possible to be happy again, although the loved one never leaves us totally.
Two years after his loss he became a bereavement counsellor and is currently chair of Warrington Bereavement Support. He explained the recovery process in terms of J. W. Worden’s Tasks of Mourning: accepting the reality of the loss, working through the pain of grief, adjusting to the environment in which the deceased is missing, and emotionally relocating the deceased and moving on with life while not forgetting the loved one.
Along the way we even all sang along to his song ‘Finicky Frogs’!
Those who had been bereaved must have been helped by his honest approach and positive message, and we thank him for this. You can visit Stewart’s site at www.stewartlever.co.uk