I’ve always enjoyed words. I took to writing about my experiences following the sudden death of my niece, Mary-Lou, in 2020.One of the most common things people said to me and my family in the early days was “I really don’t know what to say…” I was acutely aware that, for once, I didn’t have the words, either. I read a lot and tried to absorb the advice and wisdom.I decided I wanted to write my own book about the – mostly kind – things people said, and did, in the short period between her death and the funeral. I came up with the working title Sixteen Days. I spent a long time reflecting. Through my description of what happened, and referencing some of my research, I offer advice for anyone dealing with family, colleagues or clients who are recently bereaved.The book was published on 13th January 2022, as we went into another year without Mary-Lou here on earth.

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You have options! You can buy the paperback book directly from me (the best option if you are interested in the bundles of two books), or from Amazon or Waterstones.And now there's a eBook option too, so you can buy the Sixteen Days eBook and get it direct to your phone or tablet.

Spotlight on...

I'm delighted to let you know that Sixteen Days has now been recognised by a number of book reviewers and awards:

Page Turner Longlist
Page Turner Finalist
Literary Titan

... and Sixteen Days has featured in the Amazon Best Sellers list.

Amazon Best Seller

Reader Reviews

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Victoria’s narrative voice is so authentic and honest that I read through this in one sitting, absolutely absorbed. As someone who is also from a family of carers and with unfortunately poor luck in terms of loss, the Brenda from Bristol reference (“not another one!”) had me laughing out loud. This book really encapsulates the bizarre comedy of errors that can emerge from the ceremonies we memorialise our loved ones with. – Zoe B

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Victoria has created an intimate, moving and useful guide to supporting someone through grief. It's a book everyone should read, ideally before they think they might need it. You can then file away the sage advice it contains to refer back to. I am very grateful to Victoria for sharing her experiences, and to her sister and family for supporting her to do so. – Hannah Powell

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As a reader, I am super grateful for such insights. Sixteen Days by Victoria Wilson-Crane’s background on the deceased, inevitable death, and the aftermath of death that surrounds everyone related, this book will be a great addition to anyone’s reading list. Sixteen Days is one of the most influential books I have read in the grief and self-help genre. – Literary Titan (click for full review)

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Alongside an incredibly moving account of grief after the death of her beautiful 22-year-old niece, Mary-Lou, Victoria Wilson-Crane, in Sixteen Days, offers offers tangible and brilliant guidance in communicating with those who've experienced a bereavement. Highly recommended. – Ellie McCabe

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I had to wait a few days after this book arrived before I could bring myself to read it. And then I devoured it in two days. It's a tale of terrible loss, but it's far more than that. It's also a guide about what to do when grief hits us and those we know. After suffering from a grievous loss herself, the author then became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist - this book is a mixture of what she has learnt from both personal experience. I recommend buying a copy and having it to hand for when the worst happens. – Julie Goodfellow-Smith

  • The pocket-size book is a very quick and palpable read, which can help a myriad of people trying to make sense of a sudden loss. It deals with the complicated layers of families and inner circles, of expectations and reality and how everyone tries to do the best they can when faced with an unexpected loss. Importantly, it shows that conflict, laughter and crying, all go hand in hand in times of loss. – Dr Renske Visser, Medical Anthropologist interested in ageing, dying and death (click for full review)

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