- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Ciara's Gift: Grief Edged with Gold
In 1997, the murder of her daughter Ciara left a mother and her family shattered by grief. Ciara's Gift is the story of the mother's often lonely search for meaning after this cruel and devastating event.
In a series of deeply moving and thought-provoking memories and reflections, Una Glennon weaves through the shadowland of grief to eventually emerge with a deeper understanding and acceptance of suffering and the fragility of life.
It is the book she would never have wished to write but became compelled to write, as a gift from her daughter to every parent who has lost a child.
Praise for Ciara's Gift:
Unable to put Ciara’s Gift down, by midnight, drenched in tears, I realised that Una Glennon had indeed given me a gift. Una Glennon’s writing is exquisite.SUNDAY TASMANIAN
Ciara’s Gift is a brave and utterly inspiring book. Una Glennon has the rare gift as a writer. As she tells her own deeply personal and painful journey on losing her beloved daughter, she does so powerfully yet gently, enabling the reader not only to share her experiences, but to see their own losses with new eyes, and to contemplate how they might begin to walk beyond them.MAGGIE HAMILTON, BESTSELLING AUTHOR
It is a superb piece of writing free from cliché or sentimentality, emotionally honest, and struggling to articulate the overwhelming pain of dealing with the loss.SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
This book is a meditation on loss, at times gentle, at times agonizingly raw. It speaks wisely, simply and with dignity of the human desire to find a meaning in life, the endlessness of grief, the endurance of faith and the paradoxical inseparability of joy and sorrow.THE WEST AUSTRALIAN