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Missing Christopher: A mother's story of tragedy, grief and love by [Newling, Jayne]
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Length: 295 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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As seen on Australian Story

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

'The cruellest loss in the world is the death of a child, no matter what their age. This is a fine and moving book about a mother's difficult path to finding meaning in life again after the loss of her child.' - Anne Deveson, author of Tell Me I'm Here

'Her journey through grief is enveloping, harrowing, even excruciating at times, at others poignant and revealing.' - Mal McKissock, author of Coping with Grief

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1998 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J4ZNO9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Kerry M TOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 July 2014
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Jayne Newling's very personal account of the loss of her son is both heartbreaking and courageous. She interweaves the past and the present as she presents a picture of how suicide crushes those left behind. This is not a feel good book, but a very raw recount of one families fight to survive familial mental ill-health, the death of a child, and break down of a family post suicide. A tragedy such as this is so hard to put into words so that others can understand but this book opens the door to understanding.
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Jayne has written a deeply honest story of loss and grief in a way that is beautiful and poetic. The way she uses story and language to share her inner world and describe the impact of her son's death on her life is extraordinary. She has started an important conversation about youth suicide and it should be read and discussed widely .This story shows us that suicide can occur in normal families and its pain can be felt and experienced in unexpected ways for a long time afterwards.
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Where do I begin... Nothing I can say can justify how amazing this book is!! It touched me in the deepest way, invoking a myriad of emotions and taking me on this incredible journey through this amazing mother's story of love and loss. As a psychologist it is my hope that every parent pick up a copy of this book - it is a MUST READ!!
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Raw emotions, Truthfully written! An excellent and painful insight of the pain felt by a Mother who has lost a child! Thank you for sharing Jayne! As a Mother who has not lost a child I feel empathy for you and though I would never understand your true and raw pain unless I was walking in your shoes, I have a much clearer understanding of the enormity of the pain you and other parents who are in your position would be going through. God Bless
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A wonderfully written, but sad insight into the way a mother feels and who subsequently blames herself, when a beloved child commits suicide. Perhaps more young people and those others who have suicidal tendencies should read this book and understand the agony and self doubt inflicted on the loved ones left behind to cope with the horror of suicide. It may even help to prevent a needless death.
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For anyone who had a similar tragedy in thier lives this book would be a great help in understanding what grief can do to a family. Don't read it if you want to be entertained as it is the story of one families struggle to get some normality back into their lives and the effect that what they are going through has had on everyone.
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I could relate to this book. I am a mother of three boys and one died at the same age, not in the same circumstances, private school boy, publicity, inquest, the lot.
I take my hat off to you Jayne Newling, for going through the pain again, for the good of others. I wish I had your strength .
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This was a deeply moving and sad story. But I am sure it changed me for the better. Jayne was incredibly brave to share this as she did. It was excellently written. It was moving to see that there was yet hope after such tragedy and that the human frame can bear so much and still keep moving forward.
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