"I’ve driven home from work in tears many times recently, because I just don’t want to let go", says Jane, James mother at the start of Letting Go of James. But the truth is that the family isn’t coping with him living at home. He is 16, severely autistic, does not speak and can attack other members of the family.
He has been offered a place in full time residential care, and the family is now going through the process of transition. James three brothers take part in several visits to the school and Charles, James’ father, comments on the irony that the family is spending more times with James just as they are about to say goodbye.
Before the final goodbye they have a last family holiday, which despite some magical moments, underlies the fact that James needs to go.