"McCarter has put together a phenomenal anthology on motherhood and loss. The prose, poetry, and art cover diverse situations, ranging from infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and SIDS to adoption, disability, and illness. There is even work discussing the relationship with and/or death of one's own mother.
The collection starts with a poignant introduction by McCarter stating why she put this anthology together. The book is organized in 5 sections which loosely follow the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. McCarter provides an intro to each section describing the theme. The contributors are as diverse as the topics. Some are well-published, and for others, this anthology is their first publishing credit. International perspectives on motherhood and loss are represented. The artwork is heartbreakingly beautiful.
In her intro, McCarter writes:
I have realized that, in every action of mothering, of being mothered, of wanting to mother, we live in the space between joy and grief, sometimes gravitating to one more than the other.
This anthology reflects this space between joy and grief.
Indeed it does. This is a book to be re-read, shared with friends, given as a gift, and donated to agencies and support groups helping parents cope with the loss of a child." --Nina Bennett, Forgotten Tears A Grandmother's Journey Through Grief
Most people think of motherhood as a joyous experience, but for some it can be an experience of interrupted joy. This anthology delves into the subject of motherhood and loss from different perspectives of authors and artists from all over the world.
Help us share hope. Help us give comfort. Help us give Joy.
Your donation will give a copy of Joy, Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss to someone who is grieving a loss associated with motherhood. You are welcome to donate as little as $1 to help us achieve this goal. Each $15 we raise will allow us to donate a book to an organization that supports grieving families.