Baby joy after losing a child – story sold to the Daily Mail

Can having another baby help ease the pain of losing a child?
Emotional real-life story makes a double page in the DAILY MAIL yesterday.

One of the more difficult jobs any journalist has to face is interviewing people who’ve been through a trauma. Upper most in your mind as a writer is the trust an interviewee must invest in you to convey their story properly.
This is the biggest challenge facing any real life story writer – especially when crafting a feature where parents have experienced one of the worse nightmares of all, the pain of losing a child.
I admit I always feel a huge sense of responsibility whenever I write any article but when it comes to such personal stories of loss, that feeling of responsibility is heightened.
So it is very rewarding to see the finished article make a spread such as Trudy and Keith Wooster’s story in the Daily Mail yesterday.
Trudy says: “I want to thank you. It was so beautifully written. Readers also left some lovely supportive messages on the Daily Mail website. Keith and I were very touched by them all.”
Judging by those comments, this story, which carried a very sensitive headline and was accompanied by a stunning photo of the family taken by the Daily Mail, has gone some way to help other parents who sadly experience such a tragedy.
The couple’s story – they went on to have a little girl after the death of their firstborn son – has already been sold as a double page to a glossy weekly women’s magazine.
Do you have a sensitive story to tell? Do visit my sell my story website to read other peoples’ personal stories.

Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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