‘Today the statistics for early miscarriage are shocking; one in four pregnancies end in loss. And for many there never is an answer or a reason why they lost their baby. In addition to the physical loss there is devastation and trauma left behind physically, emotionally and psychologically. Our society is reasonably open and liberal and yet those who suffer a miscarriage often do so in silence and it continues to remain taboo. Considering miscarriage is so common it is distressing to find it is not a subject that is discussed openly and that there is little support available for parents going through this traumatic experience.’ Unfortunately there’s a strong chance that the sentiment behind those words will be familiar to you. They’re quoted directly from the introduction to a new book ‘Living with Amazing Grace; a journey through grief, healing and transformation’ by my good friend Melanie Mackie. To paraphrase Melanie’s story – approaching 40 & beginning to accept that she might not have children, she became pregnant & then lost the baby (Grace) in an extremely devastating miscarriage. In the book she writes openly about her experience & more importantly about how she got though the grief & achieved her ‘graceful awakening’. To be open with you, I’ve known Melanie for a few years & she’s always been there for me, & if you’ve read my book, Finding Joy you’ll be familiar with her as she shared sharing her expertise of writing. Having said that, I’ve read ‘Living … Read moreLiving with Amazing Grace
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‘I feel incredibly sad, a sadness deep inside. It’s almost overwhelming, a heaviness inside my chest that I carry all the time, if only I could cry.’ ‘I’m sad and … Read moreWhat’s the link between a water bottle, a dragon, a swing chair and a stone?
It’s been almost a month since my last blog when I encouraged you not to start new things and set resolutions but, instead to follow nature, be still and direct … Read moreThe challenges of following my own advice