Bereavement

When someone a child loves dies it can be very difficult for them to understand what has happened. Whether they have lost a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend or pet, the emotions may be overwhelming. Sharing a story about someone else dying can help to explain things in a less frightening way, and cuddling up with a book can be very comforting for both grown-up and child.

The Kindest Thing by Cath Staincliffe

A love story, a modern nightmare and an honest and incisive portrayal of a woman who honours her husband's wish to die and finds herself in the dock for murder. When Deborah reluctantly helps her beloved husband Neil end his life and conceals the truth, she is charged with murder. As the trial unfolds and her daughter Sophie testifies against her, Deborah, still reeling with grief, fights to defend her actions. Twelve jurors hold her fate in their hands, if found guilty she will serve a life sentence. Deborah seeks solace in her memories of Neil and their children and the love they shared. An ordinary woman caught up in an extraordinary situation.A finely written page-turner, compelling, eloquent, heart-breaking. The Kindest Thing tackles a controversial topic with skill and sensitivity. A book that begs the question: what would you do?

Unless by Carol Shields

About the book At once the disturbing, ultimately consoling story of one family's loss and a searing portrait of life at the dawn of the 21st century, 'Unless' is a daring novel from the master of extraordinary fictions about so-called 'ordinary' lives. Reviewed by U3A Book Group 4 "Unless" divided the group leading to more… Continue reading Unless by Carol Shields

The Death and life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

About the book When he was a boy, Charlie St. Cloud almost perished in a car crash that killed his little brother, Sam. Years later, Charlie is still trying to atone for his loss. It is only when he meets Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventurous yachtswoman, that he is faced with a choice - between… Continue reading The Death and life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood