A new book is to be launched next year aimed at helping those who are newly bereaved to learn the art of Cooking for One, along with advice on self-help and wellbeing.
The book will feature anecdotes, stories and recipes from people who have lost a loved one. Submissions for inclusion in the book are invited now and anyone who has experience of losing a loved one is welcome to take part. The publishers would particularly like to hear from anyone willing to share their experiences of bereavement as well as ideas for comforting and simple food.
Cooking for One is the brainchild of Norfolk-based Rosedale Funeral Home. All profits from the venture will be donated to a bereavement charity, which will be chosen shortly.
Director Simon Beckett-Allen will edit the book, which will be in memory of his sister Sarah who died suddenly in 2015. He says Rosedale’s experience of supporting people after bereavement often shows that vital tasks like cooking are forgotten about after a loved one dies. “When someone loses a husband, wife or partner after a long relationship their whole world is turned upside down,” he said.
“There are many adjustments that need to be made and new skills to be learned. Cooking a meal is often the furthest thing on their mind, especially if the person was used to cooking for others and is now on their own. Alternatively, if someone has lost the person who was the main cook in the household, they may struggle to fend for themselves.”
“We would love to hear from people who have been bereaved that can offer simple, great recipes that will inspire a person on their own to cook for themselves, as well as telling us something about how they coped with the loss of their loved one who we can hopefully then celebrate in the book.”
Submissions are open from now until January next year, when all the entries will be collated and a range of them will be included in the book, which is due to be launched next summer.
For further information about Cooking for One and a link to the submission form, please visit rosedalefuneralhome.co.uk/cookingforone. There is also a printed form available for download on the website for anyone who would rather submit their story and recipe by post.