Jason Corbett's daughter Sarah is writing books on grieving which she hopes will help other young children who have lost parents
The daughter of murdered Irishman Jason Corbett is set to release a series of books aimed at helping young children who are grieving and their parents. Sarah Corbett Lynch, 13, was orphaned in August 2015 when her father was killed in their adopted home in North Carolina.
Corbett’s second wife, Molly Martens, and her retired FBI father Thomas Martens were found guilty of his murder and jailed for between 20 and 25 years.
Young Sarah, then just 8 years old, and her older brother Jack had already lost their mother - Jason’s first wife - when she died of an asthma attack when Sarah was 12 weeks old. The siblings have since returned to their father’s home in Limerick to live with their aunt Tracey.
“So some kids have a really gentle fun life. For some of us, we are not so lucky. Mine was kind of not so cool,” Sarah said of the series.
“My birth mom died when I was 12 weeks old. When I was four I went to live in America with my dad to start a new life for us. My dad was the most important person in my life all my life.
“He died suddenly when I was just 8 years old and my brother was 10. We moved back to Ireland which is my favourite place in the world to live with my auntie, uncle and two cousins.
“They are like my mam, dad and brothers. I moved country, lost my Dad and had a new school, neighbourhood and loads of other stuff. So I started reading about other people who have had hard times and went to work with Tracey who works with other people who have tough times too.”
“It basically helped me feel less alone and so I began to write about my experience through my stories,” Sarah added.
She will now publish a series entitled Boogawooga, inspired by a “funny mimic” her late father Jason would perform for her and Jack.
“When he would be messing with them he would call it the Boogawooga. He did it from when they were babies right up to when he died,” explained her aunt Tracey.
“Writing is a form of therapy for Sarah to express how she feels about the experiences she has had. She expresses her experiences through the medium of her characters and she writes about losing her parents and then becoming part of a blended family.
“It’s a way for her to turn a sad situation into something inspirational for others who have gone through or will go experience their own loss. Sarah wants the books to be read by parents as well as children.”
The series is aimed at children aged between three years and 12.
H/T: Irish Times