Remembering Christine

Barry & Christine in CapriFriend of Fling, Barry Ward, this week shares news of Remembering Christine – the book he has written in tribute to his wife Christine who died last year.

“EVERY minute of every hour of every day, someone somewhere will meet a sudden and traumatic death leaving their loved ones in a state of physical shock, grief stricken and in many cases facing years of desolate anguish. Allowing that in most such instances there will be at least two mourners, this is misery of plague proportions and the statistics are rising each year. It is a universal and perpetual malaise.

On 18 January 2015 I became one of these statistics when I watched my wife of 43 years slowly bleed to death, incongruously in one of the world’s great hospitals. How this happened and why is explained elsewhere in the hope that it may influence family decisions of others and perhaps prevent similar grief.

“This is the introduction to the unique memorial to my adored wife, a moving book on her life and work that has evolved into an aid memoir for those also grieving the sudden death of a loved one.

Entitled Remembering Christine, the book commemorates the life of Christine Ward: “loved and admired by the many war veterans, the vulnerable elderly and the under-privileged she helped during her years in her native Southport and later Rutland, where she moved with her family in 2005.”

Written by her husband Barry, a journalist and author, it centres upon the tragic cause and traumatic consequences of her death at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

“The book was conceived as a memorial to a remarkable lady,” says Barry, “and as a legacy for future generations of our family, so they will know of her, and be as proud of her in death as we were in her life.”

“The personal story aside, the work describes the strategy which brings about the inner peace that the bereaved find so elusive. Writing it proved to be the ultimate therapy, a cathartic distraction I could not have imagined.

“My hope is that the book will keep Christine’s memory alive to all those who knew and loved her over the years. She deserves nothing less.”

Remembering Christine is available on Kindle and as a paperback.

Barry, Christine and son Jonathan in Nice 2008


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