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A Piece of My Heart
Living Through the Grief of Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death
Molly Fumia
ISBN: 9781573245104
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
200 pages
June 30, 2000


"Molly Fumia's honest expressions of torment, grief, anger, and bewilderment are feelings that connect us all. It is a book about love as well as grief...about learning to accept events that one cannot control, about getting help from others and sharing the pain of life as well as love." -Ceal Shapiro, The Compassionate Friends Newsletter

"This powerfully written narrative of one mother's search for meaning in the death of her child presents valuable insights for recovery from extended sorrow and inner pain." -Barbara Leahy Shlemon, author of Healing Prayer and Healing the Hidden Self
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.

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.
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