Ba­jan aca­demic tack­les grief in lat­est book

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

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.

(Pic­ture by Reco Moore.)

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.

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