When Clare was just eleven years’ old, her brother died. She had just started secondary school in the September and things were going well. During a science lesson
on the 18th of December, Clare was called away as Andrew had been taken into hospital and a neighbour was on their way to collect her. After an incredibly brief stay
in intensive care, Andrew died in the early hours of the 20th of December. His funeral was held on Christmas Eve. It all happened so very quickly.
Although he was mentally and physically disabled, and never had a long life expectancy, as a child Clare wasn’t really aware of this. He was just her brother.
Exactly a year and a day after her brother died, and as she was entering her teenage years, Clare's grandfather died. For many years, Clare put on a brave face. As a result, the impact of these two deaths stayed with her right the way through her teenage years and well into adulthood.
This was back in the very early '90's and awareness of mental health, and how the world can affect a child, has grown immensely since then. Clare has a passion to help children going through a similar situation; to help them navigate through grief in the best way possible.
She has recently found the perfect way to do just that through the wonderful Love Will Never Die for younger children and A Mind Full of Grief for teenagers and young adults. They are both direct and honest and written in a way the reader can understand. Although these books stemmed from her own experience, Clare did a lot of research to ensure they weren't too personal.