“This poignant memoir contributes to the social movement of destigmatizing grief by reminding us that grief is just love.”
—Dr. Jessica Zucker, psychologist and author of I Had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, a Movement
When Skies Are Gray: A Grieving Mother’s Lullaby
Lindsey M. Henke’s debut memoir
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Lindsey Henke is freshly married and a newly practicing psychotherapist when she finds out she is pregnant with her first child. On a cold Minnesota night in December 2012, after a perfect pregnancy, Lindsey goes into labor—only to be told upon arrival at the hospital that her baby has no heartbeat.
After the stillbirth of her daughter, Lindsey grapples with the unbearable agony of losing a child. Over the next year and half, as she mourns the loss of one child while simultaneously trying to hold space for the joy of expecting another baby, she learns that grief can live side by side with joy.
When Skies Are Gray offers a poignant message to any mother who is grieving: Your pain is real. The sharp ache of the grief you feel will soften over time, though your love for the child you lost will always remain. And it’s okay to feel that love; it’s a mother’s love, and like lullabies, a mother’s love never dies.
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Meet the Author
Lindsey M. Henke is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in the grief that accompanies life transitions, specifically during motherhood. She founded Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS), a nonprofit for parents pregnant after a previous perinatal loss or infant death. Her writing has been featured on TODAY.com and in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. Lindsey lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where during winter she can be found with her nose in a book. The rest of the year she enjoys hiking with her two living children and husband.