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Writing this book saved me

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Writing this book saved me thumbnailLaunching the book called ‘Rachael: My Beautiful Daughter, My Beautiful Friend’

WHEN she lost her only daughter, mum Amanda McConville did not see the point in living.

However eight years on from Rachael's passing, Amanda is preparing to publish her innermost feelings in a book on losing her daughter and dealing with grief.

She hopes it will act as a "guide" to other devastated parents who find themselves facing the heartbreak of losing a child.

Speaking from her Lurgancahone Road home outside Drumgath, Amanda says while she still misses Rachael every day, she has "learnt to control the pain, rather than letting it control her".

Rachael was seriously injured after she was knocked down while crossing the Castlewellan Road outside Rathfriland on Easter Tuesday 2009 and passed away the next day in the Royal Victoria Hospital. She was 11.

"My children and husband are my world and when she left, our world was turned upside down." For the first three years after Rachael's death, Amanda wrote in a journal every night before bed.

She would write about her feelings that day and document anything that happened to her. She admits it "was like therapy to get all my feelings out".

The family is launching the book called 'Rachael: My Beautiful Daughter, My Beautiful Friend' in the Downshire Hotel in Hilltown, a place Rachael loved to visit for a family meal, on 30 June - the day Rachael would have turned 20.

Amanda describes the book as an "honest reflection" on how she coped after losing her only daughter and eldest child.

"After Rachael left us I did not want to live in this world any more. The pain never leaves but you learn to control it. Everything has come from my heart for Rachael's book."

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