Mark and Julie Lea.

Sharing experiences after wife’s death

A book will be published by a former journalist on the first anniversary of his wife’s death.

Letting Go And Living On has been written by former Lincolnshire Free Press sports editor Mark Lea in memory of Julie who died at the age of 39 after a short battle against a rare cancer.

Mark said: “As well as reflecting on her time in hospital and those final 36 hours in a hospice, I want to offer support to anyone who needs it because I understand the importance of talking and listening with people who have been through grief.

“It’s very important for me to share the experiences through bereavement support, counselling, mental health and friendship. If my book helps one person in a similar situation, I will be happy.

“When Julie died, I knew immediately that I needed professional support but I didn’t know what that really meant. I am telling our story because I want to help others.

“If you have lost a loved one, please remember that you are not alone because there is always someone who will understand what you are going through in the grief process.

“There are no rules. There is not a right or wrong way to deal with any of this.

“When you’re ready, there is so much support out there but you don’t need to put a timescale on it. Talk about everything and share your emotions.

“When I went back to full-time work in August, I was overwhelmed by all the support – particularly from those involved with Spalding United, Deeping Rangers, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United plus other sports clubs.”

Letting Go And Living On has been produced by 3P Publishing of Corby. It costs £7.99 and is available now for pre-order from

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