21 May 2015 A Mothers Tale

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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.