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Still: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Motherhood

Still: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Motherhood

by Emma Hansen


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Still is one of those rare books that catches you up and does not let you go. With grace, courage, and honesty, Emma Hansen adds an important voice to this tragic and too-often silenced subject. I loved this book.”
—Beth Powning, author of Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss

A moving, candid account of one woman’s experience with stillbirth.

Emma Hansen is 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant when she feels her baby go quiet inside of her. At the hospital, her worst fears are confirmed: doctors explain that her baby has died, and she will need to deliver him, still.

Hansen gives birth to her son, Reid, amidst an avalanche of grief. Nine days later, she publishes a candid essay on her website sharing photos from the delivery room. Much to her surprise, her essay goes viral, sparking positive reactions around the world. Still shares what comes next: a struggle with grief and confusion alongside a desire to better understand stillbirth, which is experienced by more than two million women annually, but rarely talked about in public.

At once honest, brave, and uplifting, Still is about one woman’s search for her own definition of motherhood, even as she faces one of life’s greatest challenges: learning to live after loss.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771643917
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 04/04/2020
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emma Hansen is a writer and model whose blog post about the passing of her first son, Reid, due to a true knot in his umbilical cord, went viral in 2015. Today, Hansen is trained as a full-spectrum doula and lives in Vancouver, Canada. She is the daughter of Rick Hansen, a former Paralympian and world-renowned disability activist.

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“Vulnerable and powerful... Still is a story that strengthens our bonds as humans.”
—Christy Turlington Burns, founder, Every Mother Counts

"One of those rare books that catches you up and does not let you go. Both enriching and ultimately uplifting. Still adds an important voice to this tragic and too-often silenced subject."— Beth Powning, author of Shadow Child

Still will help you understand, evolve your empathy, and give you a glimpse of what it truly means to have lived.”
—Mira Ptacin, author of Poor Your Soul and The In-Betweens

“The world needs Emma Hansen’s beautiful memoir. Still creates a window into the heartbreaking experience of letting go of a precious child, and gives permission to integrate him with love into the fabric of a family.”
—Anna Whiston-Donaldson, author of Rare Bird

Still is an exceptionally authentic story of love and loss. As a grief therapist, I am grateful to have this resource."
—Patrick O’Malley, PhD, author of Getting Grief Right

“Raw, powerful, and poetic.”
—Amelia Kathryn Barnes, author of Landon’s Legacy

" This poignant love story gifts readers with insight intro grief and loss that have had the courage to examine so authentically. Emma Hansen writes from the heart and gently holds the hand of her reader as she navigates living after loss while loving always.”
Dr. Katherine Kortes-Miller, author of Talking about Death Won't Kill You

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