In these days after the sentencing of Helen Bailey’s murderer, we’ve learned how a dangerous predator has targeted a writer at a time when she was vulnerable.
As Deborah Orr points out in the Guardian, elements of the press have associated it with her age and gender, where ‘middle-aged’ or ‘older’ women are described unhelpfully as somehow inherently vulnerable.
So it may help to remind ourselves that Helen Bailey’s vulnerability was centred on the ordinary experience of grief and loss – in her case, the sudden loss of her husband. Helen Bailey opened up about this, starting a blog Planet Grief. Ironically, it was this openness which made her a target.
But Planet Grief may well have been helpful to others going through their own bereavements, many of whom posted their own stories on her site. And it’s still going – why not pay it a visit here?