When the country went into lockdown in March, it would have been easy for Ric Hart to sink into depression. He had lost his wife, Jade, just after the birth of their son, Hugo, in 2018. Instead, he spent the time writing a book for Hugo – and other young children – about bereavement. Now the book has been published and is finding new readers as children and families come to terms with losing loved ones to coronavirus.
‘Hugo and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures’ is written as a poem and linked by colourful illustrations to capture moments, memories, and feelings around the loss of Hugo’s mummy. It might just provide some help with a little one’s loss.
Now Ric, and District Councillor Hazel Brand, have presented copies to Misterton Library. The books will be absorbed into stock and will be available to readers across the county.
Ric is two years into his journey as a single parent and widower and has found huge inspiration, peace, and acceptance from the loss of his wife by keeping her memory alive through the creation of his books. A follow-on book will be completed in the second lockdown. Hugo and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures is in paperback, retails at £5.99, and is available from Amazon.