Bajan academic tackles grief in latest book
Educator, motivational speaker and author Dr Errol Bolden recently launched his two latest books which bear messages for children and adults.
At the book launch at Hilton Barbados, Bolden explained his motivation behind writing The Sparrow And The Mustard Seed and Tabansi and The Golden Touch.
The first book highlights the relationship between a father and a daughter and grandparents and their grandchild.
“The book is also about demystifying the whole issue of grief and loss because grief and loss is one of those things that we in the Western world have difficulty in talking about,” Bolden told his audience that included several other educators.
While children were open to talking about grief, he said, adults struggled with the issue more.
A visiting professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, where he now primarily works with doctoral students on their dissertation research, Bolden has written other inspirational books for children and adults. He is also a motivational speaker and a certified grief recovery specialist.
Bolden explained his message in the second book, Tabansi And The Golden Touch, was directed towards adults.
“I particularly chose a male to be the main nurturer because too seldom in our society the males are not seen in that nurturing role.”
Bolden grew up in St George and attended the Unique High School before migrating to the United States in 1984 to pursue tertiary education.
He is a professor and past chair of the department of Social Work at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland and once served as a part-time senior lecturer at the UWI Cave Hill campus.
Retired teacher Lawrence Knight (right) receiving copies of books from his former Unique High School student Dr Errol Bolden at Bolden’s recent book launch.