Morning lovelies and happy Saturday!  Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Leaves of Love by Lucy Aykroyd; a beautiful, moving & poignant book looking at ageing and dying, and giving us tools on how to enhance end of life and it’s approach, for others….

book blurb & info

Are you a carer or companion to someone who is ageing? Are you looking to enhance every moment of their lives to the end yet feel full of trepidation at the prospect? Leaves of Love is a simple yet essential guide for both layman and expert to keep by your side as you learn the beautiful and ancient art of accompanying another over these final transitions.

Leaves of Love is laced with inspiring real-life stories that depict the rich gleanings to be found within ageing and the unexpected opportunities that can reveal themselves when we embrace the reality of our dying. These stories bring with them a tool bag of ideas and practical tips to empower the carer within all of us to value our own unique gifts and love as we have never loved before.

With nature as our guide we learn how to be present when we visit a care home, what matters most as we sit with someone and how and what to expect when we are accompanying a dying person.

Published by: Unbound Digital on 20th August 2020

Formats available: Paperback & eBook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

This is such a fantastic and insightful little book that definitely had me thinking about my own mortality; as well as how I can help others.  Lucy is an end-of-life doula and has extensive experience in enhancing the lives of those who are coming to the end of theirs.  In the first part of this book she talks about some of the ways she has helped others by telling us their story and how it made a difference to them.  These stories are both moving and heartwarming, and really got me thinking about how little things can make sure a difference to someone who is heading towards the end of their life.  She reflects on each of the case studies too with fantastic advice for those that may want to try her suggestions.

In the second part of the book, she talks about practical side of things too, including encouraging & carrying out gentle exercise, how to deal with difficult days, how to talk about the practical aspects of death, what to expect from someone who is dying and more.  Lucy shares so many useful experiences, which makes this book a must read for everyone.  She encourages us not to close our eyes, and walk away from death, but to acknowledge it and be prepared; it happens to all of us.

The other thing about this book is the warmth and love that you feel when you read it.  It is very clear that Lucy is an amazing warm, caring, loving and compassionate person and you can feel it coming out as you turn the pages.  I have no doubt that anyone who has worked with Lucy, or had her there in their final moments would have felt an unbelievable amount of peace and love.  I can only hope to be as loving and compassionate as Lucy when it comes to my family’s final moments when the time comes.

Leaves of Love is a an insightful read with so many fantastic tips for those who may be caring for someone who is ageing, or at their end of life.  But not only that, it really does offer some great advice and things to think about for us all.  I’m really glad that I found this book which has opened my eyes more to death, encouraged me to think about it and face up to the conversations that should be had with my loved ones.  As she says, by talking about death, doesn’t mean it’s going to come to us any quicker.  I will be keeping this book for the rest of my time on this earth, and will be referring back to it as and when needed.

This is a fantastic book that everyone should read.  I will be recommending this book to anyone I meet who is acting in the capacity of carer, or is about to experience the end of someone’s life.  This comes highly recommended by me. Thank you Lucy for sharing your invaluable experiences and tips with us.



about the author

Lucy Aykroyd, a life-enhancing caregiver and end-of-life doula, raised a large family in Aberdeenshire. She paints, pots and prints, practises yoga and travels about with a massage couch. Passionate about the land and the environment, she lives out her wilderness training, disappears for hours into her garden and springs to life with her dogs on the shoreline near her East Lothian home. Lucy celebrates her own ageing and helps others to make the most of theirs with a lightness of touch, a compassionate heart and a good smattering of humour.

This is her first independent publication. Her short stories have been included in some anthologies by The Huntly Writers.

Where to find Lucy online: Twitter

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Thanks to Anne for inviting me on to the tour, and to Lucy and Unbound Digital for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

I hope this review is useful, and that the book brings lots of your comfort and help.

I’ll be back soon my lovelies.

Chelle x

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