21 May 2015 A Mothers Tale

A community unlike any other

Explore inspiring articles, discover events, connect with locals and learn more about Coffs Harbour City Council.

Build the Best Bypass

Build the Best Bypass

Council, on behalf of the community thanks our State and Federal Governments for supporting our request to use tunnels...

Read more
Cultural Civic Space

Cultural Civic Space

Find out the latest project updates and news...

Read more
Projects

Major Projects

Find out information about major projects we have underway and ones we have recently completed...

Read more
View all news

Latest News

Lifeguard Strategy

Future Lifeguard Strategy Out for Public Comment

Changes in our local population and the reasons people visit beaches, plus innovations in lifesaving technology are captured in a Draft Lifeguard Service Strategic Plan...

Read more
Solar

Switching on to Solar

Work has begun on the first sites chosen for Council’s major solar energy push to help reach its target of using 100% renewable energy as an organisation by 2030...

Read more
Mental Health Month

Share the Journey in Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month is celebrated every October in NSW and Coffs Library is running a series of events to help everyone think about our own and others mental health...

Read more
View all news

21 May 2015 A Mothers Tale

A mother’s journey through inconsolable grief after the death of her teenage son is the focus of a powerful event being hosted by the Harry Bailey Memorial Library on June 4 as part of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

 

‘Missing Christopher’ by Jayne Newling is an eloquent reminder that our hold on life is tenuous - and communication, love and togetherness are the key to surviving such a tragedy.

 

Christopher was 17 and he had everything to live for. He was smart, charismatic, a champion rugby player, loving and deeply loved.

 

Yet behind the veneer of a popular and confident athlete he was struggling. Diagnosed a year earlier with depression and severe anxiety, he successfully hid his fears from family and friends. But, in the end, Christopher chose to stop fighting.

‘Missing Christopher’ is the story of Christopher's shocking death and its tragic aftermath for the family. It is also the story of a mother and father's love and their determination not to lose another son to the temptation of taking his own life.

 

Honest, raw, and deeply moving, Jayne's account brings to life the visceral experience of grief and the long, painful journey towards finding meaning in life again. It is also the first major Australian memoir about youth suicide and its impact on family and friends.

 

Jayne will be appearing at the library in conversation with Annette Marfording, the author and biographer of Australian literary great Alex Miller, on June 4, at the Library on the corner of Coff and Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour.

 

Entry is FREE, but people can secure a place by visiting the Library website at libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au or by calling 6648 4900.