Carol Schaefer's first book, a memoir entitled The Other Mother: A Woman's Love for the Child She Gave Up for Adoption (SoHo Press, 1991), is considered a classic in adoption literature. The Other Mother is listed in 500 Great Books by Women, a Penguin Books Reader's Guide, a list that goes back to the eleventh century. Adapted as a television movie by NBC in 1995, The Other Mother, starring Frances Fisher, scored high in the ratings with 25 million viewers. Acquired by the Lifetime Channel, the movie aired many times from 2000 to 2008. The sequel, Searching ..., was published in 2014.
Schaefer also authored Grandmothers Counsel the World, which has been translated into 12 languages, and Mary Queen of Scots.
She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, and many local television and radio programs around the country and in Canada. As an Adoption Reform Advocate, she has often been a keynote speaker and given numerous workshops at adoption conferences since 1991.
"An Ancient Tear is a compelling story of how a mother's wounds of losing a child through death, miscarriage, abortion, and adoption can be healed through a connection to and with spiritual realms. Carol Schaefer is a brilliant writer and brings her readers right into the experience she shares. This book is filled with love, compassion, and healing words.
In a time where so many women and men are searching for answers that can't be answered through ordinary means, Schaefer lets us know that we can turn to the spiritual realms for comfort, answers and healing."
Sandra Ingerman, MA
Author, Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth
An Ancient Tear by Carol Schaefer is pure poetry. A story about the most devastating loss anyone can suffer, the loss of a child, the author reveals her own personal knowledge of loss in an archetypal portrayal of great insight and sensitivity. Her sense of the spiritual aspect of the relationship between mother and child is profound and powerful. This book will bring comfort to anyone who is grieving the loss of a child, and will be appreciated by any mother or daughter.
Nancy Verrier, MFT
Author, The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self