A Piece of My Heart: Living Through the Grief of Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Or Infant Death

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Conari Press, Jun 1, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 120 pages
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Despite advancements in the care of those who are suffering from the loss of a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death, many parents, especially mothers, cannot or will not give themselves permission to mourn. Their feelings are real and complex, yet they are often denied a safe place to live through and ultimately befriend the grieving. A Piece of My Heart is such a friend.

The moving story of a mother's loss of her week-old son, it chronicles an amazing journey that began with denial and guilt, found its way through remembrance and reconciliation, and ended in resolution and surprising joy.

A beautiful book about the necessity of grieving the loss of unlived lives, it shows readers who are going through similar experiences a shared understanding and wraps them in a warm cloak of support and friendship. Readers will be affirmed in the sacred right of all parents to mourn the loss of their children, however short their lives, and will be shown the path toward eventual healing.


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This compassionate work provides an intimate journey into Fumia's repressed grief over losing her newborn son and her ultimate reconciliation with her own guilt. Moving beyond her own circumstances ... Read full review

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The loss of a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death is a devastating experience to parents who were anticipating the joy of a new presence in their lives. Although their feelings are real and complex, there is often not an acknowledgment of the deep attachment the parents had to this young life, and so they are ultimately denied a safe place to live through their grieving.
Molly Fumia provides that safe place where grieving can lead to healing. By telling her powerfully moving story - the loss of her week-old son, Jeremy - she affirms the sacred right that all of us have to mourn the loss of children. She gives us hope that in dealing with the pain and honoring the grief process we all can eventually be healed.

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A Question Mark
The Story
Before the Death of Childhood
Remembering the Week
Breaks in the Silence
Entering the Night
A Child at Dawn
Dialogue between a Son and His Mother
Our Common Mourning
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Page 119 - Ani Maamin: A Song Lost and Found Again (New York: Random House, 1973), pp.

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Molly Fumia holds a master's degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. The author of Honor Thy Children, Safe Passage, and A Piece of My Heart, books on the transformative nature of grief, she lives with her husband and seven children in Los Gatos, California.

Ann Dunnewold, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the issues of women and mothers today. She is a nationally recognized expert on postpartum depression and anxiety, and has appeared on the Today Show and in national magazines such as Fit Pregnancy, Parents and Dallas Child. Dr. Dunnewold has appeared as a consultant in two videos produced by Family Experience Productions, both of which air in hospital systems over the Lamaze/Newborn Channel. The author is a mother of two nearly grown daughters and has survived the endless push to perfection in parenting.

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