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
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.