I’m not well-acquainted with grief.

My parents are still alive and in good health. I’ve got all four siblings still alive and kicking. My four children have no lost siblings waiting for them in the afterlife. My family of origin has only two deceased aunts & uncles out of 12.

So while I don’t wear grief comfortably, increasingly it’s journeying alongside me. My cousin whom I grew up with’s little daughter, a year older than our oldest, is on hospice at home from brain cancer. Another close friend passed from cancer earlier this year, a loss so large it’s hard to mourn. And other adults in my life lost to cancer.

But the grief Laura and Franco Fanucci have walked through, and AA and I have walked alongside them at times, is an entirely different burden. Miscarriage. Babies lost as premies from a terrible tragedy. Babies longed for and waited for with heavy empty wombs.

These griefs these write about in their book, “Grieving Together: A Couple’s Journey through Miscarriage.” And it’s a book like nothing I’ve ever seen! It addresses loss for both the parents, not just discounting the dad like so many others out there. It gathers many stories from other couples, too. The resources for parishes and couples is astounding. There’s a whole chapter on understanding the Catholic Church’s intricate teaching on loss in the womb.

And if you’re still sorting through your own suffering, it’s a book you can piece through, not one you have to read cover-to-cover if that would be too much. The language and tone are loving and kind, compassionate and comforting. It’s just the perfect book for this tender topic. It also has a long list of incredible endorsements!

AND I want to give a copy to one of you.

It’s easy. Visit Laura’s new website and peruse through her other (many) books. Comment back here with the one you would also like to read. Maybe it will show up on your Christmas list!

Winner will be picked randomly Friday evening. Entries close 8pm Central.  

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21 Responses to a book on grief for all of us

  1. Jen says:

    Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting

  2. Ashley says:

    I have Mercy and Everyday Sacrament on my shelf right now. I started Everyday Sacrament so long ago and then it got dropped during moving.

  3. Karen says:

    Would love to read this one & also Everyday Sacrament!

  4. Allie Barvick says:

    I’d love Grieving Together. I have three little saints and these types of books have been so healing for me. I’ve been wanting to read this one. I love that it includes her husband’s perspective because that’s hard to find in a book on loss.

  5. Sarah Ortiz says:

    I have and love Everyday Sacrament and would definitely be interested in reading Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling.

  6. Monica Hartman says:

    I have Everyday Sacrament and just need to take the time to read it! Grief: Finding Hope in Sorrow also looks like a good study.

  7. Amy S says:

    Everyday Sacrament! I brought this on an RV trip around Alaska a couple of years ago, and left it in the RV! I’ve always hoped some one else found it who needed it, but I also need to purchase a new copy for myself :)

  8. Definitely Everyday Sacrament…I read it with baby #1 and I’m curious how it would impact me differently now with more kids.

  9. Everyday Sacrament…I read it with baby #1 only a couple months old…I wonder how it would impact me differently now with more kids.

  10. Hannah says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Everyday Sacrament for years (and never getting around to it because of those kids and my own difficulty with prioritizing my own intellectual development), but I’m so excited for Grieving Together and want to give it to so many friends!

  11. Maggie S says:

    Everyday Sacrament!

  12. Alicia says:

    I’ve read Everyday Sacrament already. Laura’s book Dashed Hopes: When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart looks interesting.

  13. Emily D. says:

    I would love to read this book and Everyday Sacrament. We just went through our second loss last month, so it’s been tough.

  14. Jessica says:

    I have never read Everyday Sacrament or Dashed Hopes – and I one-hundred percent need to read Grieving Together.

    God bless you.

  15. Anna B says:

    Most of our books look great, but I would probably choose Everyday Sacrament also!

  16. Katie says:

    Everyday Sacrament. I really want to read Grieving Together

  17. Maura says:

    My first pick would be “Grieving Together” – my husband and I buried a four month old baby girl 5 years ago and just lost a little one at 12 weeks in utero this fall so it would be interesting to read about it from another couple’s perspective. Other than Grieving Together – I would pick Everyday Sacrament as I walk through life with my ones still with me!

  18. Sara says:

    Everyday sacrament looks like a great read!

  19. Annie says:

    I have Everyday Sacrament and absolutely LOVE it! One that I’ve been meaning to get is Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling. Looks so so good ❤️

  20. Jessica says:

    Everyday Sacrament!

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