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A Voyage Without My Father - Dexter Moscow

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A Voyage Without My Father, the New Book by Dexter Moscow

In his new book, A Voyage Without My Father, Dexter Moscow is seeking to help people who have experienced the death or loss of a parent when they were young.

At the age of 10 he was unable to say goodbye to his Dad as children were not allowed into hospital wards in the 1950s. This is a situation which in this age of Covid-19, many have experienced, and due to the pandemic, they have not been able to be there to hold their relative’s hands as they passed.   

His mission is to highlight the ways it can adversely affect our entire lives when left unprocessed as well as offering strategies for overcoming its debilitating grip.

Written for men in particular, he relates his personal experience of growing up without the guiding hand of a loving parent. He explores the ways that trauma negatively impacts people’s lives and relationships and shares the mechanisms that he still uses to put this ever-present spectre to rest.

Why men in particular? Because men don’t talk about such things.

Here's what Ian Claffey MA Psych and Award Winning International Executive Coach said:

"I hope that by reading Dexter’s story it will create clarity, offer consolation and help people realise that those sublimated feelings should be aired.

Men need to know that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. The pain we carry with us should be acknowledged. Doing so empowers us. It does not diminish us.

Dexter’s father died of coronary thrombosis at a time when stents and statins had yet to be used. This tragic event that had a profound effect on him. The impact of which he still carries with him almost seven decades later.

Dexter’s journey of discovery, which is told sometimes with humour, and at other times with poignancy, illustrates that he reached a point in his life where he needed to face his fears,” continued Ian Claffey MA Psych and Award Winning International Executive Coach.

“He enables us to realise that we are not alone, and it is OK to show our vulnerability.  I hope his book will help others to find the courage to change.”

A Voyage Without My Father is for those who have lost and have struggled to come to terms with that loss. It is also for their partners, so they can better understand what their husbands, wives and partners are going through and help them to get through it.

His book’s narrative style mirrors that of a disaster movie taking us not from chapter to chapter but from scene to scene. It is told over 7 decades and is not only a personal history but also illustrates social change and attitudes.

Firstly, it introduces us to the cast of characters, the family, a period of joy and light. We then experience the disaster itself, the of loss of the parent, and the impact that is had on the lives of the family. Finally, to the denouement of the story, how they came through it, the lessons of life learnt, and the coping strategies adopted to overcome this devastating loss.

A Voyage Without My Father is available from 15th June on Amazon, Kindle and soon to be as an audio book.