Author Nancy Stewart Bagshaw comforts those facing the loss of a loved one

Finding Five, released through Seagull Books, the nonfiction division of Leo Publishing, is a celebration of young life cut tragically short.
 
 
FINDING FIVE  by Nancy Stewart Bagshaw
FINDING FIVE by Nancy Stewart Bagshaw
 
BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. - Oct. 20, 2014 - PRLog -- Katy, a remarkable twelve-year-old girl, was taken by a rare liver cancer in 2010, leaving all who knew her devastated.  Author Nancy Stewart Bagshaw, Katy’s aunt, is not about to let the memories of this young girl and the things that made her so special, die as well. At the same time, this new author gives to the world solace and hope at the face of death by demonstrating that rather than cease talk of Katy around young relatives, especially on what would have been Katy’s birthday, the family embraces that what made this young girl’s life memorable. Although the sadness over the loss of Katy is evident in the pages of Nancy Bagshaw’s book, there is comfort in the remembrance of all that Katy was and all that she loved. In a sense, Katy is the example of every young child’s life that ended far too early by this modern plague.

When Nancy Bagshaw first approached Seagull Books, the nonfiction division of Leo Publishing, with her concept, it was a difficult decision to accept her work, for the loss of such a young life is the most difficult of losses to face for any parent, relative, or friend, and it is equally heavy for any human to read. However, Nancy Bagshaw’s writing, images, and positive, encouraging theme that transcended grief and death, embracing the memory of Katy, convinced the publisher to take on this most difficult of subjects, and so Finding Five was released through Seagull Books. And how appropriate, for as young Katy embraced life by the seashore, her spirit, like a graceful seagull, soars on even after death—its graceful silhouette leaving a shadow of loss for a young life gone, surrounded by warmth of memories that those who loved her will never forget.

There is a far greater purpose to Finding Five. There are many families who will feel the sting of such a loss and many young children wondering if it’s okay to bring up conversation about their late brother or sister, or even a best friend. Ms. Bagshaw’s family is in a place of understanding these other families and have realized that open conversation releases them from the taboo on death subjects. In this, Nancy Stewart Bagshaw has created a book, not just to honor Katy, but to comfort those who have lost someone so dear to them by demonstrating that engaging conversations may actually ease the pain and honor the spirit of the lost.

Early review copies of Finding Five have been praised by psychologist Lauren Sebor, social worker Jaime Balsam, and children’s author Wendy Wax, all who have found Finding Five to be inspirational, giving meaning to the notion of a celebration of life no matter how much time has passed after the loved one’s death. It is a wonderful story to be shared with those children who are struck with a loss. In the words of author Nancy Stewart Bagshaw the story of Katy “. . . is neither a good-bye nor an attempt to explain where loved ones go after they have passed away. Rather, my book is an invitation to share and take note of people’s thoughts about a loved one who has passed.” Though the person we have loved is gone, the memories of the person live on in their reemergence.

Look for Finding Five at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and other booksellers and online sources. ISBN: 978-1-941157-01-5

Read a sample of Finding Five at http://www.leopublishing.net/ourbooks.htm
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