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In tandem with the release of the movie and in the spirit of shattering the silence surrounding neonatal death, stillbirth, and miscarriage, Sean and Brook Warner, editor of She Writes Press, conceived an anthology of prose and poetry.
This collection of essays and poems speaks of pain and loss so profound, you are left breathless.
Love Minus One & Other Stories
Yet there is also incredible beauty, joy, and redemption. I can't get over so many things as I read: how extraordinary the writing is, how unique each voice, yet how similar the experiences and emotions, and how profoundly relieved I am to know I am not alone. How baffled I am that I felt so alone for so long. In just a few lines Heather Bell's poem, Executioner, captures the absurdity of grief--the acknowledgement that life goes on, even as yours is falling apart, and the strange, sad ways people react--trying so hard to empathize, to understand, and botching it all, bless their hearts: And the baby is dead but we need lettuce in the house, maybe some bread for morning toast so I am at the store touching the potatoes at the spin, the slim wrists of carrot.
And the baby is dead so this entitles humans to talk about their dog's death, or gerbil's.
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This means I am expected to sympathize at their loss. Because all death becomes, somehow, equal Gabriela Ibarra Kotara reveals the Masters of Disguise that grieving parents become after the loss of a child: "I am that cautionary tale.
No one wants what happened to us to happen to them. Marina del Vecchio Silent Miscarriage, Shoshanna Kirk, To Balance Bitter, Add Sweet, and Susan Rukeyser, Our Bloody Secret made me realize that I was not crazy for wanting to miscarry in my body's own time, even though it took weeks--the first time-- or left me writhing on the floor for hours, hyperventilating in pain--the second time--and that searching in the mass of blood and tissue for signs of your child's body is horribly, gruesomely, okay.
All this death and loss is not a thing you talk about--not in polite company. Not with strangers and rarely even with friends. And yet, death brought me to life.
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The deaths of my children brought me at last to the page, to be the other thing I've always known I was meant to be: a writer. Isn't that strange and awful and wonderful?
I can't fulfill one destiny, but in its denial, I am walking the road of another. My essay Their Names touches on the discovery of another way to create life. Mercifully, many of these occur so early that the mother doesn't know she was pregnant.
But sadly, many of us spend weeks and months planning for and anticipating life. Stillbirth occurs in 1 of every births in the US and neonatal death--death within the first 28 days of life in every 85 births. For a bereaved parent on a mission, there is nothing worse. But it was precisely this stiff upper lipped attitude which gave her the drive to keep going in spite of the naysayers.
For they, along with authors such as Alice Jolly, whose memoir on stillbirth and surrogacy I reviewed recently, could quite easily fence sit. And I can appreciate this kind of drive is a time and a place thing — certainly not something one would feel empowered to take on in the raw stages of grief.
Ultimately, perhaps only someone like Sam who has worked in the publishing industry and knows of its pitfalls could take this challenge head on. Well, that was the backstory. So what about the book?
Was it worth not giving up on? A resounding YES is the answer to that. And it is my comfort for every spontaneous grief stricken moment in-between. It is sometimes a hard read. Even a specific line or two have the power to render me numb, speechless.
No two ways about it. But this I feel is one of the most important ways to help me through my grieving — as and when I need to fully break down and cry. Tears are healing, after all. And this book will require tissues. Just like the film.
But they are tears of beauty and love and ultimately, hope. Tears that only a parent who has loved and lost — a parent who of course still loves, with every ounce of their being — can fully comprehend. Yet there are other times when these stories make me smile.
Love Minus One & Other Stories
These recollections from parents who have walked in my shoes not my exact shoes but a very similar pair make me realise — for want of a better saying — that we are all in the same boat of grief. And yet we mourn differently. Indeed grief is as distinct as a fingerprint. That is what this book teaches me. These stories make it OK for me to have a meltdown in the supermarket aisle because I am randomly overwhelmed with sadness at seeing a family with three kids whose ages would be similar to all of my children.
This book gives me permission to put my bereaved mum mask on… and take it off as mood dictates.
I am a woman who holds her baby silently in her heart instead of noticeably in her arms. I am the lady grocery shopping, who avoids the baby aisle at all costs and has to fight back tears when she places her purse in the trolley seat where the baby is supposed to go.
I am the woman who listens with a breaking heart to every cute anecdote her friend tells her about her new baby… I am that cautionary tale. No one wants what happened to us to happen to them.And I can appreciate this kind of drive is a time and a place thing — certainly not something one would feel empowered to take on in the raw stages of grief.
Dafna Michaelson Jenet. No trivia or quizzes yet. This brought down her attempt at realism.
If and when it does, a simple "I'm so sorry for your loss" and a hug would be a beautiful gift. But this I feel is one of the most important ways to help me through my grieving — as and when I need to fully break down and cry.
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