Since those days I’ve learned to walk with grief, and I can write with grief at my shoulder. Writing happy endings for my characters even though they’ve had a great loss somehow gives me a happy ending too. The discovery grief and pleasure can coexist has opened up a world unimagined during my my sons illness and what felt like a whole lifetime after he died.
Writing has given voice to one of my sons wish that I be happy. It’s a challenge to find a path to joy and to be happy and at the same time honour other his wish, that I write a book.
Beginning a daily habit of journal writing in 2013 helped to crack open an untapped vein of my imagination. I discovered the truth in the message – there is no way to Happiness, Happiness is the way. By opening up to the ways of happiness the writer in me emerged Just in time.
Finding Nine, by Suki Lang is a work of fiction – Its the story of John, a 16 year old who loses his mother to cancer. During the last year of her life she writes a series of eight letters for her son to read after her death. Designed as a treasure hunt, the letters take John to a place his mother left long ago, where he meets a family he knows little of. The object of the hunt seems to be to find a perfect spot to place his mother’s ashes. But John soon discovers the letters are his mother’s way of helping him move through his grief, and of letting him know she will always be by his side. The journey he takes is about finding hope in the love of two people who welcome him with open arms. And John’s arrival is a gift never expected but long hoped for by two of the people his mother did not forget. Through the natural order of things a son is given the opportunity to fulfill a mother’s last wish and to discover her many secrets yet untold.