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Missing Christopher : A mother's story of tragedy, grief and love - Jayne Newling

Missing Christopher

A mother's story of tragedy, grief and love

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The story of a mother's journey through inconsolable grief after the death of her teenage son. Powerfully written, it's 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, loving, and deeply loved, and a champion rugby player. Yet behind the veneer of a popular and confident athlete he was struggling. Diagnosed a year earlier with depression and severe anxiety, he hid his fears from family and friends. Finally, Christopher chose to stop fighting.

This 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.

This is compelling and inspirational reading for anyone affected by the death of a young person.

About the Author

Jayne Newling has 25 years experience as a print journalist. This is her story.

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5.0

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      This book has changed my life. A brutally heartbreaking, honest, tragic account of the death of a loved one, this book will leave you in tears of rage and sorrow, but left with the solace of knowing that life continues after loss and a mother's love for her children is unmatchable. I recommend this for anyone that has lost a loved one, any mother that has loved a child, anyone that personally deals with or knows someone who struggles with depression, bi-polar, anxiety, etc.

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      4.0

      An invaluable story .

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          raw, powerful, moving and truthful read

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          5.0

          heartwrenching

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              4.0

              Story telling at its best

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              from Melbourne Au

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              A highly emotive, confronting and superbly written memoir.
              An imperative for parents who have concerns about children who live with mental health issues.
              A personal account by a mother of the tragic suicide of one of her sons.

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              5.0

              Fabulous book. Very moving.

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                Emotional. Honest. Moving.

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                5.0

                honest & raw

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                  If ever you've lost a friend or family member through suicide and have had difficulty dealing with the emotions that go with that - this book is a must read. So powerful and so honest.

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                  Beautifully crafted.

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                      An emotionally uplifting record of a mother's journey. Beautifully written.

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                      5.0

                      An insight into a Mother's Grief

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                      from Adelaide, AU

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                      Comments about Missing Christopher:

                      Thank you Jayne Newling for helping me understand my own grief by exposing your own harrowing, life threatening grief. This book is an honest, raw and very sad story that is fascinating and insightful. Jayne has taught me so much about the journey of grief and the acceptance of pain - learning to live with the loss of a loved one, not try and 'deal with it'. I am sorry for Jayne's incredible loss but grateful for her bravery in sharing her story.

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                      ISBN: 9781760110444
                      ISBN-10: 1760110442
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 288
                      Published: 1st June 2014
                      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.3
                      Weight (kg): 0.41
                      Edition Number: 1