In 2011 Louise Moir was faced with the sudden and catastrophic death of her husband. At the age of 41, after losing his job the previous year, Daniel took his own life, leaving behind Louise, their two young sons and his two daughters from a previous marriage. Three years earlier, when she and Daniel had married, Louise had felt that she had more happiness than anyone deserved. Now her world was turned upside down.
Irreplaceable is the powerful and moving story of a journey into the unknown and the unthinkable, as a mother whose life seems comfortable and predictable sees it disintegrate in a way that she could never have imagined. Louise’s account of picking up the pieces afterwards is as absorbing as her portrayal of the build-up to her husband’s death. Her story is one of love, discovery, courage and healing. Irreplaceable bravely confronts the taboos that surround suicide and highlights the deficiencies in mental health care in the UK.
Louise studied fine art at Cheltenham University before completing an MA in art psychotherapy at Hertfordshire University. She has worked as an art psychotherapist in child, adolescent and adult mental health services for the past fifteen years. She has also trained in EMDR, a form of psychotherapy that is typically used to treat post- traumatic stress. Irreplaceable is Louise’s first book. She now lives on the south coast with her two young sons.
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