A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies

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Anne McCracken, Mary Semel
Hazelden, 1998 - Self-Help - 295 pages
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A remarkable collection of poetry, fiction, and essays compiled by a journalist and a social worker, both of whom have lost a child, "A Broken Heart Still Beats" get to the heart of this hardest of trials. Raymond Carver, Edna St. Vincent Millay, william Shakespeare, Jill Ker Conway, Judith Guest, Dominick Dunne, Anne Morrow Linbergh, and Albert Camus are among the writers whose works explore the shock, the grief, and the search for meaning that come with the death of a child. Seasoned with wisdom and experience, their words offer rare comfort and insight to thoses who need it most.

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Jon Barton, from the Virginia Council of Churches, recommended this book highly. It is an anthology of journals, pieces of novels, poetry, etc., of people who have lost children through a variety of ... Read full review

Contents

Thunderstruck
3
What Kind of Universe Is This Anyway?
29
A Storm in the Heart Pain and Despair
51
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Anne McCracken, coauthor of A Broken Heart Still Beats: AfteAnne McCracken, coauthor of A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies, is a former newspaper reporter and featurr Your Child Dies, is a former newspaper reporter and feature writer. She lives in Maryland and is now working on other e writer. She lives in Maryland and is now working on other nonfiction books. She lost her young son, Jake, in 1989. nonfiction books. She lost her young son, Jake, in 1989.

Mary Semel is a clinical social worker and a bereaved motherMary Semel is a clinical social worker and a bereaved mother. In 1991,her 16-year-old son, Alexander, was killed in a ca. In 1991,her 16-year-old son, Alexander, was killed in a car accident. She turned to reading to assuage her grief, as dr accident. She turned to reading to assuage her grief, as did Anne McCracken. As they shared our literary discoveries, id Anne McCracken. As they shared our literary discoveries, they decided to compile an anthology in the hope they could they decided to compile an anthology in the hope they could help others. It became A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Youhelp others. It became A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies.She currently has a private practice in which sr Child Dies.She currently has a private practice in which she does individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. Previouhe does individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. Previously, she worked for 15 years in addictions treatment programsly, she worked for 15 years in addictions treatment programs at two local hospitals. In one, she was responsible for cos at two local hospitals. In one, she was responsible for conducting family therapy for families of alcoholics and drug nducting family therapy for families of alcoholics and drug addicts as well as individual and family counseling. Her husaddicts as well as individual and family counseling. Her husband, Peter, is an attorney in Baltimore, and daughter, Hilaband, Peter, is an attorney in Baltimore, and daughter, Hilary, practices maritime law in New York. ry, practices maritime law in New York.

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