Hold onto Him

Hold onto Him was birthed after a deliberate decision to mourn the disappointments that are part and parcel of journeying with illness. It is relevant to any category of loss, not only illness. It explores how every disappointment can offer a choice from being a disaster, to becoming a detour to a new destination. My prayer is that our pain would bear fruit and lessen the suffering of others. My husband’s depression was our secret. We often struggled to find ways to deal with the loss of connection that was brought about by the apathy of depression. We sought counselling, individually and as a couple. To protect our children against the pain of the stigma associated with depression, we did not talk about it as a family. During a season of our lives there were three generations facing depression under one roof: grandmother, father and daughter.

This avalanche of stress and pain with its complementary coping strategies resulted in a book about our journey with depression that was published in September 2018. At our Christmas meal that year, we had an open family discussion about the impact depression had on our lives. While eating roast lamb, potatoes and pumpkin tart, we could also reflect on our victories to be a happy household amidst the challenges. The book shares a toolbox of strategies that we developed over the years. The book was followed by a series of blogs that aim to encourage others to find their voice during their journey with loss.

From there opportunities to share hope in many settings followed, including the truly remarkable and sensible process to restoration offered by Emotional Logic. It offers a roadmap for me to deal with my emotions after Andre’s self-death.

Order your copy today!

You can order my book directly from me. It is priced at R100 per copy and is available in Afrikaans and English. To have it send to your nearest Pep Stores will cost an extra R59.00 and to your nearest Postnet will cost R99.

My banking details are Annette de la Porte. Capitec Savings Account. Branch nr 470010. Account nr 125 753 0826 Send an email with your proof of payment to annette@growwithannette.co.za with the info of your nearest Pep Stores or Postnet. Include your contact number to send you the parcel details.