‘There are books that in the reading of them are like butterflies. They bring a flash of colour and beauty and then, they are gone. There are other books that are like the rays of the sun. They bring light and warmth, in which one can grow. Rocker Bye Baby is one of these books. Claire takes the reader on a journey through her life; through difficult and painful times, through her experience of unimaginable loss. Rocker Bye Baby is not just a tragedy; it is a book which conveys hope and redemption. The spirituality within the book is different from my own and it may not be for everyone, but nevertheless, it is beautifully written and the silver thread that runs through this story, is so clearly one of love. Claire and her husband Brian are truly inspiring people. This book will change you.’
The Reverend Carl Flynn Edwards found us at Mearfest through our patrons Dibs and Sam Hulme, as they live within the Buxton area. Since 2018, Carl has been a loyal supporter in all that we do, so much so he named his Harley-Davidson; Molly.
A big part of what he does in his parish are funerals, unfortunately he has had to lead some distressing stillbirth and babyloss services. Between us, we have helped each other through some pretty tough times. Carl kindly passed on our information to those grieving parents, where I am so proud to say that some lovely connections have been made, with one or two happy endings. We appointed him as our Mearfest Chaplain during 2019, to recognise all the good work that he does for our Mearfest community and for his own Parish.
Because he is a man of God, I asked Carl to read this book, as I question if there really is any God at all? Especially after such a devastating loss of a baby. What God kills babies? My journey explores my more liberal spirituality leanings, in some depth. At the age of nine, my crazy mother would drag me to the Spiritualist Churches; where pensioner lead faith healing circles and Ouija boards were our 'fun' activities for the evening. From that age I have always believed that there is life after death and reincarnation, therefore there must also be a life before birth, yet during many times within this life of Claire, I had felt dead within. I wholeheartedly believe we write our own life contracts, however harsh or unfair our current lives (and as a collective), seem to be. It is up to us to turn something so tragic into to something inspiring, that in turn helps others through similar, or we have free will to choose to do nothing at all and give up. This book explains where and how I found my answers and which pathway I took in the end.
Carl’s review has been written with honesty and from the heart, with my deepest gratitude and respect, I take a bow to him.
THANK YOU CARL.
About the Author
Claire Mear is a