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Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies

Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies

by Christy Wopat

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Overview

"After my infant twins died, I couldn’t find anything on the shelves at the bookstore that was actually honest."

I found books about grief, sure. Books written by psychologists on the stages of grief and books that assured me that I would find my answers in prayer. This isn’t meant to replace those. Those books are necessary, but in the raw, emotional weeks and months after losing my twins, what I wanted to know more than anything was that I was not crazy.

Christy, a fourth-grade teacher, and her husband, Brian, are raising two adorable children ages 4 and 7 in Onalaska, WI. But Christy has two other children—twins—who died shortly after being born at 21 weeks.

Christy’s captivating memoir about her hopes, her dreams, her loss, her grief, and ultimately, her healing, is a poignantly powerful and brutally honest account of what happens when tragedy hits. We never think it’s going to happen to us. We never think it will happen today. But it does, and it happened to Christy. In an effort to find solace, Christy tried Googling, “What do I do when my baby dies?” Unfortunately, there just aren’t any good resources out there—at least not any that are truly honest, not sugar-coated with clichés. “Almost a Mother” is Christy’s way of reaching those out to those who have experienced a horrible loss of any kind, of any magnitude, in the hope of building a community of support and love.

And, in her words, “I just wanted to know that I wasn’t crazy because I wanted to punch the pregnant lady at Target in the face.”



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948365086
Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Christy Wopat is a 4th grade teacher and writer. She lives with her husband and two hilarious, energetic children, who provide more than enough material for Um, You Guys?, her humorous blog and Facebook page. She is excited about sharing her story in hopes of breaking the stigma surrounding infant loss and grief. Almost a Mother is her first book. Christy is available for speaking events, book signings, and even to chat with your book club. Contact her for more information! Christywopat@gmail.com

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Something Catastrophic........................................................4

Chapter 2: Heroic Measures.................................................................17

Chapter 3: Pain Management...............................................................33

Chapter 4: Dead Baby Mom.................................................................45

Chapter 5: They Would Have Been Serial Killers................................56

Chapter 6: Lighten Up..........................................................................67

Chapter 7: Well, That Was Super Fun..................................................78

Chapter 8: The Internet Saved My Life................................................87

Chapter 9: A Very, Very Dark Place.....................................................99

Chapter 10: I Can’t Look....................................................................113

Chapter 11: Baby, Stay In...................................................................127

Chapter 12: I Can’t Pack Them in a Box............................................142

Chapter 13: We Need to Talk..............................................................151

Chapter 14: If I Don’t Remember Them, Who Will?.........................163

Chapter 15: Carmageddon..................................................................175

Chapter 16: You’re Not Going to Believe This..................................188

Chapter 17: Find Yourself a Bree.......................................................199

Chapter 18: Almost a Mother.............................................................210

Acknowledgments..............................................................................214

Resources............................................................................................216

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