Guy's parents lay their hearts bare
Guy's parents lay their hearts bareKELSEY FLETCHER
When Bryan and Jo Guy were in the depths of grief and despair following the murder of their son Scott, the Feilding community rallied around them.
Flowers on the porch, meals when they couldn't even contemplate cooking, and the friends who will forever be in their hearts are detailed in the couple's book Scott Guy: His Parents' Story of Love, Betrayal, Murder and Courage, launched last night in Feilding.
The book, written by former journalist and broadcaster Tony Farrington, contains excerpts from the private journal of Jo Guy, which she has kept since the day of her son's murder.
She and her husband agreed to share how they coped with the grief, stress and intense public interest of the past three years in the hope their story will help others dealing with adversity.
Mr Farrington said people had questioned why the launch was being held in Feilding.
"But it was their wish for it to be held here, to thank everyone and because of the huge community support they received," he said.
Bryan Guy said the launch and book signing was everything he and his wife could have hoped for after their community united to support them.
"As soon as people heard Scott had been killed we were inundated with visitors - some days we had 60 or 70," he said. "We were inundated with food, the local supermarket turned up the next day with a big basket of groceries and there were dozens of flowers from all over the country."
Mr Guy said the tight-knit community drew on the bonds they had formed over the time together.
"So we had just an outpouring of love and concern for us and particularly because of the publicity on the first few days," he said. "But the kindness didn't stop really. People stopped us in the street and often we didn't know them and we would get a hug so that was really quite overwhelming.
"And often people didn't know what to say but just saying they were thinking of us made us feel a bit better."
Book review, P23
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