Three Minus One/Return to Zero

 Three Minus One

One of the endearing and fruitful aspects about being a poet/writer is when opportunities to contribute to endeavors and projects that serve to help others comes along.

I am overjoyed to be a part of a book that does just that.

Three Minus One is the companion anthology to the movie Return to Zero (more on that later) and I’m more than overwhelmed to be a contributing author. In fact, all the contributors to this book have at one time experienced the lost of a child.

Telling our stories through narrative or poetry is healing.

Reading the stories and poems is also healing because connection and sharing are twin companions to healing.

Pain can be like a virus if left to languish alone so I urge you to please consider purchasing a copy for yourself or a friend.


Return to Zero

Tomorrow, May 17, the film Return to Zero, will premiere on the Lifetime Channel. The movie stars Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein and is based on the true story of the writer/producer Sean Hanish and his wife.

Here is the intro on the IMBD blurb:

RETURN TO ZERO is based on the true story of a successful couple preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they discover that their son has died in the womb and will be stillborn.

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This story is very similar to mine. Years ago, I miscarried at six months. It’s a heartbreaking ordeal and at that time, grieving wasn’t acceptable.

I hope this movie will change the perception that grief for a lost child before it is born, is petty and self-indulgent. I also hope it begins the conversation of how losing a child in utero can disrupt a family and how important it is share your pain.

If you have lost a child or if you know someone who has, I encourage you to tune in tomorrow night 7 p.m. Central time/8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific.

Thanks to the Lifetime Channel for airing this difficult yet important message.

The companion book, Three Minus One, is available in paperback as well as a Kindle version, if you prefer.

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3 thoughts on “Three Minus One/Return to Zero

  1. I did tune in.

    It was painful to watch. And painful to hear those words again:

    “The baby doesn’t have a heartbeat.
    I’m so sorry… your baby’s dead.”

    But it was beautifully done.

    1. I agree. I dreaded that part of the movie as I’m sure all of who’ve experienced the loss of a child, did. It’s a difficult subject but they were sensitive to the scars of those of us who have heard those words. (My heartfelt sympathies to you.)

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