A bereaved young woman has published a unique book of poetry and photographs as part of her eight-year long process of understanding the loss of her dad.
The book Dissect my Fragile Brain by Londoner Kim Yudelowitz, 24, explores human grief in three stages: Loss, Love and Life.
Kim was just 16 when her beloved father and well-known dentist Leor, 57, died from cancer in 2013.
His death hit the whole family hard and after seeking help and support from grief counsellors, Kim began her own homage to her father which involved exhibitions of photographic art-work, public speaking and writing reams of intense personal poetry.
She did most of this while completing her A’Levels at JFS and studying for an honours degree in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University Of London.
“Poetry has been my way of channelling my emotions and dealing with the significant loss of my dad. Writing is therapeutic for me and allows me to visualise my emotions by writing them down and having them eternally in writing for everyone to read and know how much I love my dad,” says Kim of Mill Hill in North West London.
Now she has compiled a heart-rending book as a culmination of her homage.
The book has been edited and published by Wolverhampton based editor Nic Outterside
After 28 years in newspaper and magazine journalism Nic took early retirement in 2013. During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate for his services to written journalism.
Following retirement Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and Dissect my Fragile Brain is his seventeenth paperback publication.
Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.
Nic said: “It has been one of the joys of my editing life to work together with Kim on this project.
“Everyone experiences loss and grief at some point in their lives. But to have that happen while still a young teenager is particularly hard.
“But for Kim to turn that loss to something so positive is remarkable. Her book is truly a thing of beauty.”
Kim added: “Working with Nic has been a wonderful experience. As someone who hopes to pursue a career in book publishing it has been amazing to be so present in the putting together of my book. I just hope people read my words and gain more clarity on the concept of grief and start conversing more about losing loved ones and ending the taboo around speaking about death.”
Dissect my Fragile Brain isavailable as a paperback book priced at £7.99 from Amazon portals worldwide.
A formal launch of the book will take place on 12th March – the anniversary of Leor’s death.