Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781908487278 Published December 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

Chin Up Head Down

A Mother’s Journey of Madness and Grief

Helena Tym

Chin Up Head Down

Helena Tym

Distributed for Firestep

236 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2012
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781908487278 Published December 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
“Chin up, head down.” These are the last words that Helena Tym ever received from her son, Cyrus, at the end of the final letter he wrote to her. On June 2, 2009, two men knocked on her door and informed her that Cyrus, a nineteen-year-old solder in the UK Armed Forces, had been killed that morning by an explosive whilst serving with 2 Rifles in Afghanistan. In an effort both to cope with this incomprehensible news and to capture the memories of her son, Tym wrote this book, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help organization.
 
A heartrending account of a mother’s loss, Chin Up, Head Down will resonate with anyone with a loved one serving in the armed forces or dealing with a life-altering grief.
Contents
Two Men
Repatriation
Lieutenant Paul Mervis
A B Walker & Sons
The Last Letter
Wootton Bassett
The Funerals
Five Boxes
Summer and Forms
Medals Parade
Remembrance Days
Soldiers in the Show
Corporal Richard Green
Hollow Laughter
The Inquest
Once More Poppies and Pain
The Second Christmas 
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