I haven’t written anything personal for a while, but what I have to say might be useful. It’s been over two years since my Dad died. I’ve noticed that I’ve entered a new stage in the grieving process and I’m starting to recover. I think of grief more as a journey than a ‘process’; it’s a meandering and sometimes perilous path, with no short cut. I don’t think you can ‘move on’ from the death of a loved one. Moving on is applicable to the breakup of a relationship or the loss of a job. Death is something you learn to live with and, eventually, accept. As the jagged edges of grief become blunted, the sadness is replaced by happy memories. Even during those last days in hospital, I remember how he looked up at me, […]
This week I’ll be trekking all over the place, promoting the book. Today I was on BBC Breakfast, and then I did a Radio Manchester interview. There are lots of other appointments this week, but I’ll write about them as and when. In the mean time I thought I’d share one of my favourite extracts from It’s All Going Wonderfully Well: “Dame Judi Dench very kindly invites me to visit her home out in the countryside. Ray Ward drives me there on a crisp, bright winter’s day. Sunlight bounces off the wet rural roads. Ray doesn’t like to use satnav so we spend twenty minutes reversing down driveways and lanes and turning around and around until eventually we arrive at Dame Judi’s beautiful old house. She comes to the door with arms open and a genial smile on her face. ‘Darling!’ she […]
Today, my book is being published and I can’t believe it’s finally happening. There were days when it felt as though the work would never end, and others when it was a pure delight. Visiting my Dad’s friends and colleagues was were highlights of the project; listening to their stories gave me an insight that I would never have been privy to otherwise. On April 29th it will be two years since Dad died; the grieving process has taken it’s course and I’ve started to recover. However, I’ve realised that you don’t ‘get over’ or ‘move on’ from the death of a loved one. The jagged edges of the pain are blunted with time and, eventually, the void becomes tolerable. However, moving on is impossible because you carry their memory with you every day. But there’s comfort in that; they are never forgotten as long as you remember them […]
After nearly two years of work, my book is being released on April 21st and I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. It’s all going Wonderfully Well tells the story of my relationship with my Dad, his journey to becoming a famous actor, losing him to a degenerative illness and the grieving process. I am doing an event on April 15th at Soho House, where I’ll be interviewed by journalist Larushka Ivan-Zadeh. I’ll be sharing my memories of Dad, talking about the process of writing the book and the amazing people I met along the way, including Judi Dench, Ray Winstone and Robert Zemeckis. The price of the ticket includes a copy of the book. It would be great to see you there. Rosa xx Feature image courtesy of Lloyd Dobbie.