Writers Charmaine Chan and Clara Lock penned books to remember a loved one

After losing a sister and a best friend, Singaporean writers Charmaine Chan and Clara Lock penned books in memory of them

Charmaine Chan (above) wrote The Magic Circle to remember her late sister Elaine , who died from a rare, aggressive cancer in 2006. With them is their eldest sister Lorraine.
Charmaine Chan (above) wrote The Magic Circle to remember her late sister Elaine , who died from a rare, aggressive cancer in 2006. With them is their eldest sister Lorraine.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CHARMAINE CHAN, JONATHAN CHOO
Charmaine Chan (right) wrote The Magic Circle to remember her late sister Elaine (left), who died from a rare, aggressive cancer in 2006. With them is their eldest sister Lorraine (centre).
Charmaine Chan (right) wrote The Magic Circle to remember her late sister Elaine (left), who died from a rare, aggressive cancer in 2006. With them is their eldest sister Lorraine (centre).PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CHARMAINE CHAN, JONATHAN CHOO
Journalist Clara Lock's (above) Stay Gold is about her late best friend Daniel Selvakumar. They are pictured here with their friend Alwyn Wong during a vacation to Perth in 2012.
Journalist Clara Lock's (above) Stay Gold is about her late best friend Daniel Selvakumar. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CLARA LOCK, LEE JIA WEN
Journalist Clara Lock's Stay Gold is about her late best friend Daniel Selvakumar (right, centre). They are pictured here with their friend Alwyn Wong (left) during a vacation to Perth in 2012.
Journalist Clara Lock's Stay Gold is about her late best friend Daniel Selvakumar (right, centre). They are pictured here with their friend Alwyn Wong (left) during a vacation to Perth in 2012.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CLARA LOCK, LEE JIA WEN

"So Eden sank to grief," reads Robert Frost's elegy. "So dawn goes down to day/Nothing gold can stay."

This is the poem that two Singaporean writers turned to when it came to articulating the grief of losing a loved one too early.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Writing to remember a loved one'. Subscribe