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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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.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st June 2014
Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN ACADEMIC
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Edition Number: 1