Losing Malcolm: A Mother's Journey Through Grief (Paperback)
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One autumn morning Carol Henderson was a new mother recovering in the hospital and cradling a baby the doctor declared perfect. Within days of delivery, the new mother's peaceful world disintegrated into a nightmare of hospitals, tubes, EKG's, and operations. Her baby had a serious heart murmur. Losing Malcolm is a frank and compelling narrative about a naive mother whose carefully constructed life unravels when her infant son dies. Before her son's devastating illness, the author had little experience with the realities of disease and death. After dealing with doctors and living around the clock in the hospital, Henderson, a hypochondriac who feared all things medical, becomes an informed and tenacious advocate for her child. After a free-fall plunge to the depths of her grief, she resurfaces with a newfound sense of self, a deep empathy for others, and a poignant awareness that enduring grief eventually takes its place in the broader tapestry of life. Interweaving dreams and journal entries, this highly original memoir offers an evocative chronicle of emotional devastation and recovery. Henderson's account also reveals the differing ways in which she and her husband responded to their child's death and the ways in which loss transformed them. With wit and caring, she also deals with the taboos that exist in the way society-grandparents, friends, and neighbors-deal with death. This spare, honest narrative resonates with universal themes. It will appeal to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, those who know someone who is suffering, and those who are interested in reading about the tragedies and triumphs of others.
About the Author
Carol Henderson has published widely in the U.S. and Canada and led nonfiction writing workshops at home and in Europe and the Middle East. In conjunction with The Inavale Foundation, she offers restorative writing workshops, for both professionals and lay persons, in medical centers, faith communities, and schools across the US. The workshops are based on the principles she lays out in her most recent book, Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers (2012). She is currently under contract with Heartland Hospice, training support services staff all over the country to integrate restorative writing into the hospice environment.