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Missing Christopher

Author: Jayne Newling
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1760110442
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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

A Heart Of Kindness

Author: Wendy Comeau
Publisher: FriesenPress
ISBN: 1525515489
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A Heart of Kindness is the courageous and insightful story of one woman’s quest to heal her broken heart. Wendy Comeau suffered the biggest tragedy a mother can face when she lost her son Christopher to a rare disease when he was only twenty-five. When her brothers and parents all died within a few years as well, she was faced with a decision—allow herself to spiral into depression and anger or find the hidden lessons and gifts, open her heart and spread hope and kindness. This book explores how Wendy was able to transform her unbearable heartache and learn to live again with the help of her family and loved ones. Her powerful story will encourage people to do the inner work they need to do to restore their faith, embrace love and show compassion to others after tragedy has struck. Full of wise teachings on grief, self-reflection, acceptance and forgiveness, A Heart of Kindness is a triumphant testament to the resilience of the human spirit even in the face of unimaginable loss.

The Five Ways We Grieve

Author: Susan A. Berger
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834822276
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In this new approach to understanding the impact of grief, Susan A. Berger goes beyond the commonly held theories of stages of grief with a new typology for self-awareness and personal growth. She offers practical advice for healing from a major loss in this presentation of five basic ways, or types, of grieving. These five types describe how different people respond to a major loss. The types are: • Nomads, who have not yet resolved their grief and don’t often understand how their loss has affected their lives • Memorialists, who are committed to preserving the memory of their loved ones by creating concrete memorials and rituals to honor them • Normalizers, who are committed to re-creating a sense of family and community • Activists, who focus on helping other people who are dealing with the same disease or issues that caused their loved one’s death • Seekers, who adopt religious, philosophical, or spiritual beliefs to create meaning in their lives Drawing on research results and anecdotes from working with the bereaved over the past ten years, Berger examines how a person’s worldview is affected after a major loss. According to her findings, people experience significant changes in their sense of mortality, their values and priorities, their perception of and orientation toward time, and the manner in which they "fit" in society. The five types of grieving, she finds, reflect the choices people make in their efforts to adapt to dramatic life changes. By identifying with one of the types, readers who have suffered a recent loss—or whose lives have been shaped by an early loss—find ways of understanding the impact of the loss and of living more fully.

Grieving A Suicide

Author: Albert Y. Hsu
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830883975
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A 2003 Finalist in the United Kingdom Christian Book Awards

A Very Very Bad Thing

Author: Jeffery Self
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 1338118420
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Marley is one of the only gay kids in his North Carolina town -- and he feels like he might as well be one of the only gay kids in the universe. Or at least that's true until Christopher shows up in the halls of his high school. Christopher's great to talk to, great to look at, great to be with-and he seems to feel the same way about Marley. It's almost too good to be true. There's a hitch (of course): Christopher's parents are super conservative, and super not okay with him being gay. That doesn't stop Marley and Christopher from falling in love. Marley is determined to be with Christopher through ups and downs-until an insurmountable down is thrown their way. Suddenly, Marley finds himself lying in order to get to the truth-and seeing the suffocating consequences this can bring. In A Very, Very Bad Thing, Jeffery Self unforgettably shows how love can make us do all the wrong things for all the right reasons-especially if we see them as the only way to make love survive.

The Pebble Champion

Author: A. D. Pritchard
ISBN: 9781899713486
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Haunted by the death of his mother and the loss of a childhood friendship, 15-year-old Chris moves to the Isle of Wight to begin a new life with his estranged father. There, alone on the beach, he deals with his grief and guilt by entering an imagined world where he competes to become The Pebble Champion, skimming stones farther than anyone else across the surface of the sea. With each pebble thrown, and with each new encounter, Chris gradually learns how to let go of the burdens of the past, how to hold on to what really matters, and how to embrace his own bewildering desires. In this life-affirming novel, A.D. Pritchard captures the social, emotional and sexual insecurities of a gay teenager with a fresh voice that avoids sensationalism and stereotypes. "Wow! A beautifully written coming-of-age story." - Amos Lassen ..".an entertaining narrative that you can't put down." - Greedy Bug Book Reviews

Wildflowers In The Median

Author: Agnes Furey
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781475953695
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When Agnes Furey lost her forty-year old daughter Pat and six-year-old grandson Christopher to homicide in 1998 at the hands of Leonard Scovens, words could not describe the hole left in her heart. Even so, rather than hate, Furey chose peace, and she reached out to Scovens in prison. Wildflowers in the Median tells the story of their journey of restoration. Through a collection of poems, vignettes, and letters, both Furey and Scovens pour out their emotions and reflections. It is a tale not of forgiveness, but of understandinga story of a survivor of crime and a criminal finding communion as each struggles with grief and suffering, eventually coming to terms with their spiritual identities and a desire to help others in similar circumstances. A valuable testament to the human heart and its capacity to love, Wildflowers in the Median shows how grace was found in the aftermath of a tragedy.

The Fall

Author: Lori Stafford
ISBN: 9781535031202
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As a lonely little girl growing up in England, Gillian Owen longed for one thing: a place to belong. She found that place in the arms of her husband Christopher and in her two young sons, Robin and Winston.But when Robin chooses to disobey his father and construct a tree house in the woods behind the family home, "It will be like having our own little flat, Win," he doesn't take into account Winnie's paralyzing fear of heights. Who would have thought that this one small act of rebellion would lead to tragedy, tipping Gillian's beautifully constructed world on its axis, leaving her, Christopher, and Winnie tumbling downward in a seemingly never-ending spiral of grief and guilt? Will their love for each other be enough to pull them back from the brink?The Fall is a collection of eleven linked short stories that provide glimpses into the life of one family during times of dizzying joy as well as devastating heartbreak."I close my eyes and sigh slowly, my breath uncoiling from somewhere high in my forehead. I never used to think of myself as a victim. I was once considered by many, as well as myself, to be blessed, or for those less religious . . . lucky. Yes, divine approval seemed to be shining on me through the faces of my two beautiful sons, Robin and Winston, my precious husband Christopher. For me, it was never a case of not knowing what I had until it was lost. Oh, I knew. I knew exactly, and each night when I'd tiptoe into my boys' rooms to observe the deepest part of their slumber, when I'd press my cheek to the tops of their heads and watch the rise and fall of their chests, I'd breathe quiet prayers of thanks. I knew what I had, and now I know all too painfully well, what I've lost." -from Tangled

Cornbread Fish And Collard Greens

Author: Khafre Kujichagulia Abif
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1491803231
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Khafre K. Abif has been thriving with HIV for 24 years, and is a father of two college aged young men. He holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Abif is the Founder/Executive Director of Cycle for Freedom, a national mobilizing campaign founded in 2010, to reduce the spread of HIV among African Americans and Latinos. During the 75-day campaign, Cycle for Freedom will engage fourteen (14) African American and Latino communities along the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route by developing strategies designed to increase HIV testing, and confront HIV-related stigma, homophobia, and lack or mis-education. Abif is one of five men in the inaugural class of The HEALTH (Health Executive Approaches to Leadership and Training in HIV) Seminar Program, a year long program designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities for assuming leadership/management positions in the field of health with a particular focus on HIV for the next generation of African American MSM leaders and community based organizational practices. Abif also serves as Community Educator/Test Counselor for ONE Life of Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the Georgia HIV Prevention Community Planning Group. He formerly served on the Pennsylvania HIV Prevention Community Planning Group and was the Community Co-Chair for the New Jersey HIV Prevention Community Planning Group where he ensured PIR for the group. As a librarian, Abif managed Children’s Services for Brooklyn Public Library and was the first recipient of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Dr. John C. Tyson Emerging Leader Award. As former Director of the Langston Hughes Library for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) at the former Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, Abif was responsible for meeting the library’s mission to serve as the intellectual commons of the movement to Leave No Child Behind®. Publications include co-editing with Teresa Y. Neely, In Our Own Voices: The Changing Face of Librarianship, and is contributing author in the anthologies Poor People and Library Services, and Handbook of Black Librarianship. Forthcoming work includes Raising Kazembe, and Fall to Grace. Visit Abif at