Help for children coping with loss

A book written to help children cope with losing a loved one, is helping to raise funds for a Derbyshire Hospice.

Amanda Seyderhelm dreamed up “Isaac and the Red Jumper” more than 10 years ago, but only decided to put it into print when her mother died in October 2012.

Iris Ryde, from Belper, was 75 when she died from lung cancer. In the days leading up to her death, Iris and her family received care at home from Treetops Hospice at Home nurses.

Amanda is donating 10 per cent from each sale of to Treetops, in recognition of its support during such a difficult time.

She said: “Treetops nurses were able to guide us in terms of managing mum’s pain relief and when to increase the dosage. This was information that had previously been lacking. The night care they gave us was a real comfort; giving us rest which meant we could cope during the day.”

Following her mother’s death, Amanda attended sessions with a Treetops bereavement counsellor: “The bereavement service was instrumental in helping me cope. I am an only child so the loss of my mother was huge. Seeing Carol each week gave me a perspective I didn’t have as I had never lost a parent before. She didn’t tell me what to do but helped me to understand so I was able to find my own way through grief.

“Knowing I was going to lose my mum accelerated my desire to publish Isaac and made me realise how important it was to get it out there. Mum believed in me and my book so by publishing it I’m honouring her memory.”

The book is available on Amazon and is priced at £7.99.