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Lessons from a Gentle Life: Reflections on Love, Loss and Healing

Lessons from a Gentle Life: Reflections on Love, Loss and Healing

by Janis Gonzales
Lessons from a Gentle Life: Reflections on Love, Loss and Healing

Lessons from a Gentle Life: Reflections on Love, Loss and Healing

by Janis Gonzales


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At its most fundamental level, this is a story of a child’s life and death, and a mother’s subsequent struggle to find meaning again and to live an examined life. But this is much more than another personal memoir; it is a heartfelt, incisive, sometimes painful and often funny description of the way in which a mother’s life was transformed by the lessons she learned from her young daughter, lessons that enabled her to become resilient and, in time, to fully live, and even find joy, after a devastating loss.

From her unique perspective as a physician, mother, spiritual seeker, and writer, Dr. Gonzales uses the story of her daughter’s life as a springboard to discuss such broad-ranging topics as the practice of medicine, prenatal testing, the power of prayer, the search for guidance, and the need for connection, giving us a profoundly moving look into both the depths of grief and the possibilities of hope. She shows us how to help someone who is grieving, and how we can go on and find healing in the face of devastating loss. Through it all runs a bond of pure love between a mother and a daughter, a love so powerful it goes on, even after death.

This book is a gift to anyone who has suffered from an illness, anyone who has grieved a painful loss, and anyone who has been forced to realize that life doesn’t happen according to plan.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733142700
Publisher: Heart Stone Press
Publication date: 10/20/2019
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Janis Gonzales is a mother, author, pediatrician, and public health physician with expertise in health policy, program management and administration. Her interests include children with special healthcare needs, prevention of adverse childhood events, and advocating for health equity and health in all policies. Janis currently works as the Maternal Child Health Director in the New Mexico Department of Health. She received her MD from the University of Illinois, her MPH from the University of New Mexico, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for over 20 years, received the 2018 Early Childhood Champion Award from the AAP, and is the 2018-2020 President of the NM Pediatric Society (NM Chapter of the AAP). She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her children Placido and Liesl.

Table of Contents



Part One

Lightning Strikes–15

The Blessings of an Imperfect Life–33

Practicing Medicine–47

To Hope or Not to Hope–55

Part Two

A Grief Observed–65

Part Three

Growing Pains–77

Signs of Life–85

Unexpected Gifts–99




About the Author–117

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