Out of Grief, Singing

Out of Grief, Singing

A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss

Book - 2010
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Out of Grief, Singing is an achingly beautiful account of how a woman comes to terms with the loss of her newborn. After a bewildering series of rapid diagnoses and emergency interventions, Charlene's daughter Chloe is born. But her too-brief life is spent in the neonatal intensive care unit, and her mother, leveled by an epidural anaesthetic procedure gone wrong, can barely make it to her daughter's side. In the months following Chloe's death, more medical crises make it nearly impossible to even begin the grieving process, let alone return to any semblance of a normal life. But return she does, along a path that is both arduous and rich. With a poet's ear for language, Charlene Diehl shares her discovery of joy amidst a devastating loss.

Publisher: Winnipeg : Signature Editions, c2010.
ISBN: 9781897109441
Branch Call Number: 155.937 Die
Characteristics: 155 p.


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Aug 06, 2011

Diehl's wonderful economy of prose lays bare her grief without the cloying melodrama in dealing with the subject matter.

Her beautiful language conveys her struggle to come to terms with her daughter's death, but also to find meaning in her short life in the aftermath of mourning and grief.

A heartbreaking story that all parents never hope to experience, but imbued with faith, hope, beauty and dignity. An inspiring and touching read.

debwalker Mar 13, 2011

In 1995, Winnipeg native Charlene Diehl suffered a loss no mother should have to bear. Twenty-eight weeks into her pregnancy, she was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia and told that her daughter would have to be delivered via Caesarean section immediately, or both mother and child could die. Out of Grief, Singing recounts the birth of that daughter, Chloe, her death a short six days later, and the years of physical, emotional, and psychological healing Diehl has undergone since.

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