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Losing Malcolm: A Mother's Journey Through Grief Paperback – November 20, 2014
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From Publishers Weekly
Three days after the birth of Henderson's son Malcolm who was initially pronounced "perfect" the boy was diagnosed with a serious heart murmur. In precise and intimate prose, Henderson describes every parent's nightmare. The infant's heart was successfully repaired and the two parents were celebrating a "miracle" when their baby's condition again deteriorated. Malcolm died during a second emergency surgery. Based on a journal she kept, the author, a freelance journalist, details the death of her newborn son and the ensuing period of grieving in this exceptionally moving, sometimes painful memoir. Henderson skillfully conveys the atmosphere of the hospital where other parents of critically ill infants waited for news and supported one another Her honest and harrowing account about her son's untimely death will resonate with anyone who has endured such bereavement.Library
From School Library Journal
A memoir about a mother's grief for a newborn son who dies of a heart murmur is painful reading, and yet Henderson's first book is difficult to put down. Distressing emotions saturate the elements of drama that carry the reader through the larger story, but hope endures with each turn of the page. Henderson's compact and carefully selected words create poignant, vivid, and full images that stay with the reader long afterward. Along with her expression of intense grief, most readers will relate to Henderson's accompanying feelings of inadequacy and guilt. Although this is a personal story, it contains many truths and practical realities that will speak to anyone who has lost or may lose a child and to anyone involved in the life of a grieving mother.
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