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Three Minus One: Parents’ Stories of Love and Loss is a collection of intimate, soul-baring stories and artwork by parents who have lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal death, inspired by the film Return to Zero.
 
The loss of a child is unlike any other, and the impact that it has on the mother, the father, their family, and their friends is devastating—a sh
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 19th 2014 by She Writes Press
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Julie Christine
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Disclosure note: I am one of the contributors to this anthology.

In July 2009, my first pregnancy ended at eleven weeks. In July 2012, my second pregnancy ended at ten weeks. There will be no others. Those experiences--as well as the years of baffling infertility that preceded the losses, the attempts at adoption, the anger and hope, resolution and relief, the sense of a life unfinished and unfulfilled--have shaped me as an adult. They have affected me as a woman, a writer, as the mother I will
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Nina
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Powerful heartbreaking, validating. This book helps break the silence around baby loss, a silence that needs to be shattered.
Rebecca Shelton
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed that the book gave a voice to so many parents who have experienced infant loss, stillbirth and miscarriage. I feel that there are a good number of people today who don't understand mourning for a child that was never given the chance to live outside of the mother's womb. Even those that seem to understand want to put a time limit on how long a parent can "acceptably" mourn. There are still those who think it's socially intolerable to even speak of such things let alone grieve fo ...more
Kayla
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautiful, touching collection of stories.
Jenni V.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The stories were primarily by parents but there were a few by other family members, such as grandparents, as well. I expected the sadness but was surprised by the hopefulness many stories ended with.

There was a pattern for the mothers of children lost in utero. Most had a sentence along the lines of "a good mom would know when it had happened", feeling guilty when they were shocked to discover no heartbeat and/or her baby had passed away between appointments. Hopefully by sharing their stories a
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Sean Hanish ’90
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From On Wisconsin Magazine’s Fall 2015 issue:
After studying with film theorist David Bordwell at the UW, Sean Hanish ’90 of Pasadena, California, has become a writer, director, and producer in film and other media. He and his wife, Kiley, have created the film Return to Zero, starring Minnie Driver, based on their experiences of the stillbirth loss of their son. Kelly Kahl ’89 served as its executive producer. The Hanishes believe that sharing their story through screening
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Kaytee Cobb
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This compilation is written by parents and family members who have suffered from still birth, infant death, and miscarriage. It is heart wrenching and beautiful. It is full of poems, essays, and tributes to so many lives ended too soon. Highly recommended, especially for those dealing with such difficult circumstances, or for those wanting to better understand, in light of the grief of a friend or loved one.
Stacey Novak
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great compilation of stories that let you know you are not alone in the journey that this book is about.
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