Hurting Hope; What parents feel when their children suffer

ISBN 9781903689745
152 pages.
Published 15 May 2011

£2.99 - £8.99

PB, Kindle, Epub

“Sometimes being a father isn’t what it was meant to be… It’s hard to describe the very moment when you first comprehend that something significant is wrong with your child-that they have a major illness or disability, or that they are going to die. In that moment, you realize there has not been a mistake, it is your child, and nothing can be done about it. It is only a second in time, but it needs so much longer to explain…” In this book Charles and Joanne Hewlett share honestly about parenthood dominated by sickness, disability, suffering, death and grief. Their strong Christian faith gives them hope, but the pain and the misunderstanding and the struggle still has to be lived, one day at a time. This gritty book is essential reading for all carers, nurses, counsellors and others who support such families with disabled children. 

Charles and Joanne Hewlett live in Auckland, New Zealand. Charles is the Principal of Carey Baptist College, a tertiary institution training people for pastoral leadership within the church and community. Joanne is a school teacher with qualifications in music and education. They regularly lead seminars in NZ on suffering and disability.

“It was totally absorbing, disturbing and insightful.”  (New Zealand Social Worker)

“Very well written and should be given to every nurse in training.” (Nurse – Starship Hospital)

“I know a mother who desperately needs to read this.  It’s bitingly honest.” (Child psychotherapist – ADHB)

“Charles and Joanne have done families and health professionals a great service in writing about their experiences and being prepared to let us in to their personal and private world.” (Palliative Care social worker – Starship Hospital)

Sometimes

Diagnosis

The Phone Call

Coffee Group 

God

An Angel

Janelle

James

Titirangi

Exhaustion

Emptiness

Boxing Day

More Angels

Coping

Acceptance

Decisions

The Corridor

The Monitor

At Peace

Funeral Prayer

Joanne

Life

Together

Faith

Photos

Again

Waiting

Birth

Déjà vu

Shopping

Jessica

Four

Perfect