Former Royal Nanny Tells Her Poignant, Redemptive Tale of Loss and Adjusting to Life with Sorrow as New Companion

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In the new book “The Last Tear”, author Jean Alice Rowcliffe recalls a time of crippling grief after losing son James to a rare form of cancer.

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A mother grasps her dying son’s hand, struggling how to let go and aghast at what life will become after his death. The Last Tear is the heartbreaking true story of author Jean Alice Rowcliffe’s only child James, a dynamic 17-year old who was diagnosed in San Francisco with an extremely rare form of cancer in the summer of 2008. He died eleven months later on the eve of Mother’s Day.

Rather than allowing cancer to define his days, James Rowcliffe Kessler became even more focused on school, college applications and his future, inspiring not only his peers but the larger community. Even President Obama’s attention was caught by James’s valiant stand to live a normal life despite his declining health. When James died, the author experienced a sorrow that paralyzed her for years. Rowcliffe shares the memories of that time with candor. Her story will touch anyone who has struggled with grief and loss. As Rowcliffe, a former Royal nanny, insightfully reminds us, “Grief is universal”. Poignant and at times difficult, The Last Tear eventually uplifts as it transcends a tale of cancer and death to embrace the larger canvas of how to live authentically with the appendage of sorrow.

Author Danielle Steel raves, saying:

“The Last Tear is a testimonial to the incredible strength of the human spirit, and the courage and power of maternal love and what it can endure. And then to have enough fortitude left to tell the story and write the book, I am in awe.”

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About the Author
Jean Alice Rowcliffe is passionate about the rearing of our children. For over three decades she has enriched the lives of thousands through supportive and loving hands-on education and organization, using a common sense approach that ultimately nurtures and strengthens families. She underwent nursery training in Britain, which led to working for the Royal family (taking care of Royal children at Kensington Palace) and subsequent work with families in America.

The Last Tear * by Jean Alice Rowcliffe
a memoir
Publication Date: August 21, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 328 pages; 978-1-4836-6467-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 328 pages; 978-1-4836-6468-2
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-6469-9

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