Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Diary of a bereaved mother / Ann Kit Suet Chin.
Chin, Ann Kit Suet, 1954-
[Auckland, N.Z. : A.K.S. Chin, [2011]
xv, 164 p. ; 21 cm.
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This is a real life story of losing one's only son. This experience had made the author strong and caring. This tragedy has been a great help for her to help understand other bereaved people ... The author also writes this book for caregivers, doctors and anyone who loves reading memoirs and personal stories. The author writes suggestions to help in grief and offers references of where to seek other help. Finally, she writes of the struggles of being a Christion, and how God had helped her through ...Back cover.
9780473187095 (pbk)
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Chin, Ann Kit Suet, 1954- -- Diaries
Loss (Psychology)
Parents of terminally ill children -- New Zealand -- Diaries
Bereavement -- Psychological aspects
Bereavement -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

ann's speaking engagements

Ann's writing has led to speaking engagements. Here Ann spoke at The New Zealand Chinese Association.

Ann has spoken on many topics from Asian Culture, bereavement, to doctors, to libraries,  to university students and high school students.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Kids will be kids

A fellow bereaved mother wrote about her child throw something causing a big damage.

I remember this incident.

kids will be kids. my then 3 year old rainbow son climbed up the dining table placed against a wall. He wrote a whole bigger than a meter patch square of math equation with marker pen. 

We were in rental accommodation, the landlord made us pay $150, 50% to repaint the whole wall. 

I was angry, but I told myself, at least he could do this. Andrew could do nothing. I would give $1500 for him to do it.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Zealand Chinese Asso: Book Talk

 Thanks to Helen who organised my talk.

The New Zealand Chinese Association kindly hosted my book talk/presentation. I also showed the Youtube of the A Chinese boy in Sarawak. 

I enjoyed myself and my audience had fun, listening to a talk peppered with my Quang Ning dialect which they could understand.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thursday Challenge: Closeup

 This is a closeup photo of a Leprosy support box. It is placed at the counter of my hairdressing salon. My hairstylist Jacky tells me, the Leprosy mission will come every two months to pick up the donations from his clients.

"CLOSEUP" (Taken Close up, Macro, Small Things,...)

Next Week: TREES (All kinds,...)
roseThursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced on this site each week. You may either take a new photograph related in some way to the theme or select one that you have taken previously; Then submit your single permanent link here:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Photohunt: YET

I had wanted to post this story,
Some one Up there had told me, "Not yet."
Each time I see a bike like this,
The car went too fast for me.

The story goes like this,
A UK nurse came to work in New Zealand.
She was killed while cycling.
Her friends put her bike where she was killed.

Yet there were callous people,
They removed the chain,
And stole the bike.
Callous, yes, that's the word.

On Thursday,
I saw this bike,
I asked my companion," Don't go yet."
I need this photo.

Somewhere, there is a bike like this,
There is a bereaved mom.
Who is grieving for her child,
"Not yet, you are not yet ready to go to heaven."

11th ~ Yet

Monday, April 6, 2015

What is your earliest fond memory of a beloved pet ?

Mum was away shopping and when we secretly stole downstairs to 

see our dog give birth to 9 puppies. It was done with my siblings 

secretly because according to Chinese customs, a mother dog will 

eat her puppies if watched.

Oldest Sister Rose was the ringleader. It must be because I wouldn't 

have known the dog was pregnant. I was in the lower primary 


Mum must have warned us not to watch. But did we listen?

We saw the mummy dog eat the placenta and I was worried it was 

our fault for watching. We thought she was eating the puppies. 

She had 9 puppies. One died and we were very sad. All the puppies 

grew to become roly polys from condensed milk. They were 


According to Chinese custom, the adopted mothers have to

give a kg of sugar and two cans of milk when they come to adopt 

the puppies. Thanks Yolanda Flack for memories, and now I will 

blog about this.

Later when younger brother Joseph grew older in primary school, he 

always adopted people's puppies.

a wife lost her husband.

I was up very early this morning, and I checked my facebook to find Juliana's husband had died. For a few years, Juliana Wong lived opposite our house at Buloh Road, at the Government quarters in Sibu.. Juliana was my Sister Margaret's classmate.

One day, she private messaged me after seeing Margaret's photo and told me she was Leh Hu. We became facebook friends.

My fondest memory was helping her parents catch the tiny crabs among the muddy wasteland.

My dear childhood friend Leh Hu,
I read about your husband's death. Hugs to you. I will not ask you to be brave. Instead, I will ask you to cry, Because you have lost your soul mate.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hearts shining from Heaven.

Every now and then, my cut glass window shines two hearts on my duvet. Today it shown again. I woke up just in time to see them.

I wake up thanking the Lord. Andrew been in heaven for 25 Easters. And I am alright.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Progeria sufferer Hayley Okines dies, aged 17

Progeria sufferer Hayley Okines dies, aged 17

Hayley Okines, who suffered from progeria, has died at the age of 17. Photo / @Progeria twitter
Hayley Okines, who suffered from progeria, has died at the age of 17. Photo / @Progeria twitter
Teenager Hayley Okines who won the nation's hearts while suffering from a rare premature ageing disorder which gave her the body of a 104-year-old has died.
Tributes have poured in for the 17-year-old who was born with the premature ageing disease Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), which makes children age up to 10 times faster than normal.
Her mother Kerry Okines posted on Facebook: "My baby girl has gone somewhere better. She took her last breath in my arms at 9.39pm x."
Hayley, had been told she would not live past the age of 13, died on Thursday.
She had begun pioneering drug treatment in the US to halt the ageing process but had been in hospital with pneumonia and passed away at home.
The rare condition left Hayley, from Bexhill, East Sussex, with the body of a 104-year-old.
The Progeria Research Foundation posted: "The entire Progeria family mourns together with many as we say goodbye to Hayley Okines, our smart, beautiful and spirited English Rose, who passed away today at age 17.

"Gone from our sight, but never our memories, gone from our touch but never our hearts. We will miss you."
She has featured in a number of documentaries about her disorder, including The Girl who is Older than Her Mother and World's Oldest Teenager: Extraordinary People, and at the age of 14 published her autobiography called Old Before my Time.
Hayley's mother Kerry has previously said: "[When she was born] she had fine blonde hair, blue eyes and her father and I were besotted with her.
"At 10 months she walked for the first time - we were so proud.
"The only concern was she was so petite and didn't appear to be growing.
"But as I'm only 5ft 4ins I tried to tell myself she simply took after me."
It was when she was still wearing clothes for a three-month-old at 13 months old that they took her to see a doctor and tests later revealed her condition.
Hayley has been swimming with dolphins, travelled all over the world, met Prince Charles, Kylie Minogue and her hero Justin Bieber.
There are only around 70 known cases on the planet.
The progressive genetic disorder is undetectable at birth and with time, it results in baldness, aged-looking skin, dwarfism and a small face, children also suffer from health problems associated with the elderly, including joint stiffness and cardiovascular problems, and often only reach the age of 13.