Nikki Piper, Wife to Bubbleheads Crew Member James, and the inspiration behind our row shares the reason behind writing her series of child bereavement books and her final wish.
Most of you will know that the main inspiration behind our reason to row the Atlantic Ocean for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Campaign 2020, is Nikki, the wife of crew member James. Nikki was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritoni over 6 years ago and since her diagnosis has faced cytoreductive surgery and endless treatment.
Aware of the support not only Nikki needed during this time, but also that of her family, Nikki, a passionate writer, has used her experience to publish a series of child bereavement books for other families in need.
In her own words, Nikki shares the story behind them…
I have recently published a collection of 3 stories that gently approach the idea of children losing someone they have loved.
I wrote my first story, ‘William finds The Feather’, out of necessity. Sadly, I have cancer and there came a point when my brother and I needed to have a conversation about what we told his 3-year-old son if I didn’t wake up after major surgery. We decided we would tell William that every time he saw a feather, it is Auntie Nikki floating by to send him love and feelings of happiness. Both my brother and I took great comfort from this and, even though we never actually needed to tell William about the feather, I took my recovery time to write the book.
After finishing The Feather, I realised there might be a place for more books like this and I decided to write two more; one story that directly deals with the death of a loved one (William finds The Robin) and then a book that involves the passing of a pet (William finds The Butterfly). Each book offers comfort to the reader and proposes gentle ideas on how a loved one can be remembered (the grandma comes back as a robin and a tree is planted in memory of the dog).
Now, 5 years later, my family and I face the very sad prospect of needing these books once again.
My primary goal has always been for these stories to reach and help as many children and families as they can. My final wish is for my legacy to be the help and support that each book can offer those families in need.
If you know a child or family who would benefit from reading Nikki’s book, we invite you to share this article with them.