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Book helped grieving dad in coming to terms with his loss

Chris Beebee from Castle Bromwich writes children's book to help channel sadness following loss of his child

Chris and verity's pride and joy - Heidi-Louise

LOSING a stillborn child is an agony that most of us will hopefully never experience.

For Castle Bromwich man Chris BeeBee, the grief for him and his fiancee Verity Louise Southam was lessened with the subsequent birth of their daughter Heidi-Louise after their baby boy William died at full term in October 2011.

But also helping Chris, an entertainer and promoter, to channel his sadness was the decision to write a children’s book.

“They say when you lose a child, your next one is a rainbow baby,” he told the Solihull News.

“Last Christmas I wrote a short story about a boy called William who finds a magic gnome at the bottom of the garden called Rainbow who grants him a wish.

“I was working away from home and I just did it for myself.

“I then saw in the paper this gentleman called Bryan Holden who is 82-years-old and still publishes books through Roseworld Productions.

“I called him up to see if he would be interested in coming to one of the shows of the sixties bands I promote and maybe doing a biography.

“So he came to the show but he was more interested in me and in the end he published my first children’s book called William in Gnome Man’s Land which is selling really well.

“So for me, William lives on through this book. It has helped me grieve and I hope that for parents like me and Verity who have been through similar heartache, we can let them know there is light at the end of this dark tunnel.”

The couple have found support through SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, and have raised around £3000 through fundraising events. Their website is

Go to to order a copy of the book at £4.99. Quote ISBN 978-0-955-3130-9-7.



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