Press Release for Grief: The Inside Story

I’m trying to write a press release. Grief: The Inside Story is an important book that has helped many people, but it needs to find a wider readership. To that end, I’d like to send out a press release.

A press release sometimes prompts newspapers to contact the author for more information. Sometimes the newspaper will print the item as a whole if they need a filler. Either way, the release needs to be compelling. Short, but compelling.

Since I am not well known, the press release has to depend on factors other than name-recognition to make it newsworthy. This is what I have so far:

Death is No Longer a Fact of Life

Death used to be a fact of everyday life. Today, however, the average American has a life expectancy almost a decade longer than it was in the 1970s. That’s great news, but as Toby Scott, head of communications at Hospice UK, a charity for end-of-life care says: “It is rare now for anyone to experience being with someone who they know is dying let alone anyone who has recently died.”

For the boomer generation, often the first time they experience death is when their parents begin to fade. It’s no wonder that few people understand grief, know what to expect, have the skills to cope with the emotional upheaval.

Not only do boomers have little firsthand experience of death to prepare them for the many ways grief affects them, but the complex and painful experience of grief for a spouse, life mate, soul mate is not something people regularly see on television shows, in movies, or read about in novels. So, like others of her generation, when author Pat Bertram lost her husband, the very presence of grief shocked her.

In the United States a death occurs approximately every twelve seconds. And almost every one of those deaths leaves someone behind who is shocked and bewildered by what they are feeling.

How long does grief last? What can I do to help myself? Are there really five stages of grief? Why can’t other people understand how I feel? Will I ever be happy again?

In Grief: The Inside Story, Pat Bertram, author and grief survivor, answers these and other big questions in a straightforward manner. Bertram acknowledges the pain that others so often try to hide, shows how important grieving is, and gives hope that yes, there is happiness on the other side of grief.

Grief the Inside Story by Pat Bertram is available on Amazon (, and through all good bookstores.

Any comments? Suggestions?


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

8 Responses to “Press Release for Grief: The Inside Story”

  1. Jo Says:

    I think it’s great I have read the book and
    It was great too

  2. Sam Sattler Says:

    While I haven’t personally experienced the level of grief you are addressing in the book, I am close to some people who have. I never know what to say to them when I find myself alone with them. And as more and more of my friends are losing parents, siblings, and friends, I know this will be a much more common aspect of my life. Is it best, from your personal experience, to just be there and listen or are there words that actually offer comfort to someone deeply in grief?

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Don’t try to say anything to comfort them because most of those words seem like platitudes and makes the bereft feel lonelier since it shows that no one understands. Just being there is good. Hugs are good. Doing errands or chores if you think it will help them is good. After the first weeks, it’s good to share a memory of the deceased or to ask the bereft something about the deceased. Once it seems that the bereft person is on an even keel, most people are afraid that talking about the deceased will bring on tears, but the tears are better than thinking no one remembers or no one cares.

      • Sam Sattler Says:

        Thank you for that. It seems so logical, but most of us are afraid to say or do something wrong – and that too often leads to us doing nothing at all. I’ll keep this in mind.

        • Pat Bertram Says:

          Even I am afraid to say anything lest it be the wrong thing, but usually I stick with a simple “I’m sorry,” and a hug. Often those of us who lost a life partner have no one left to hug, and so become touch-deficient. I realize touching is becoming somewhat problematical in our current society, so I sometimes ask if it’s okay if I can hug them.

  3. Felipe Says:

    I have just read the book. How true it is. At last someone who understands what grieving is really about – the feelings and emotions and not the (re)actions. The death of my wife 4 years ago after 44 years of being soul mates was the worst thing that had ever happened to me – she was the one person who gave meaning to my life – and I believe, now at any rate, is the worse thing that could ever happen to me in my lifetime. That belief has enabled me to face the challenges in my life and to have faith that I will find a new purpose. I do not imagine I will ever find a new soul mate, but that doesn’t matter because I will always have the memories on my late wife. It is those memories that make me realise and appreciate how fortunate I was to have had her in my life and which gives me the strength to bear those moments when some trigger, usually some quite innocuous thing, will cause a flood of tears. But it would be good to find a new purpose to life – to mean something to someone else.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I understand — we all need some purpose in life to keep us going. It’s odd, but the very fact of being with someone and loving them gave us meaning. When they are gone, we not only lose them, but we lose the sense of meaning love gave us.

      It is true that the death of that one person is the worst thing that can happen to us. Knowing that, as you have found, it gives us courage to go on.

      I am so sorry about your wife. Wishing you peace and a new purpose.

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