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About Anna Whiston-Donaldson
Anna Whiston-Donaldson is a former high school English teacher who lives in the DC Suburbs. Her blog, An Inch of Gray, shares Anna's stories of humor, motherhood, and loss and has twice been voted one of BlogHer's Voices of the year.
In 2011 her two children went out to play in the rain and only one came home.
Her New York Times bestseller Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love (Convergent) deals with raw, new grief and finding faith and hope in impossible circumstances.
Rare Bird was one of Publisher's Weekly's top picks of 2014.
Her children's picture book, A Hug from Heaven (Mascot Books 2018) comforts grieving children and models healthy grieving.
Anna has also contributed to Modern Loss: Candid Conversations about Grief (Harper Collins) and Sunshine after the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother.
Anna's writing has been featured in Woman's Day, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Washington Post as well as on For Her, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and other outlets.
Humorous and full of heart, Anna speaks to groups about resilience, loss, faith and finding a way forward when life is different than you expected.
Find Anna at annawhistondonaldson.com
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You'll never get back to normal, mama. You have to find a new normal.
Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother is a unique book because it's written by over 30 moms and a few dads who understand what you are going through right now. The grief, the reality that life will never be the same for you again, and the torture of missing the milestones over the years - these are things that these authors know and understand. But they also know that with time comes healing, hope, and encouragement.
This book is meant to be the hug you need from other mamas who know exactly what you're going through. Each author shares their experience and story, the lesson they learned, and their tips for helping you survive this suckiest of times in your life.
The book includes all of their stories of loss, love, pain, grieving, support, forgiveness, and survival. It also includes a special interview with Sean Hanish, director of the incredible movie Return to Zero.
If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a pregnancy, infant, or young child, you need this book to help heal. It's not only helpful to grieving mothers, it's helpful to caregivers, counselors, nurses, and others who are supporting mothers who have lost a pregnancy or infant.
Contributions by: Alexa Bigwarfe, Amy Hillis, Anna Whiston Donaldson, AnnMarie Gubenko, Christina Russo-Sporer, Dana Weinstein, Heather O'Brien Webb, Jennie Goutet, Jessica Watson , Kathy Glow, Kathy Radigan, Katia Bishops, Kelly DeBie, Kelly Powell, Kristi Bothur, Lizzi Rogers, Marcia Kester Doyle, Rachel Raper, Regina Petsch, Sandi Haustein, Sarah Hackett, Sarah Rudell Beach, Sheila Quirke, Starr Bryson, Stephanie Sprenger, Suzanne M. Tucker, Tova Gold, Wendy R. Smith. Includes special contributions from Sherokee Ilse, Dr. Jessica Zucker, Sean Hanish (Director/Producer of “Return to Zero”) Will Chippich, Eric Bothur, and David Webb.
“Profound, tender, honest—and utterly unforgettable.”—Gretchen Rubin
“I wish I had nothing to say on the matter of loss, but I do. Because one day I encouraged my two kids to go out and play in the rain, and only one came home. . . .”
On an ordinary September day, twelve-year-old Jack is swept away in a freak neighborhood flood. His parents and younger sister are left to wrestle with awful questions: How could God let this happen? Can we ever be happy again?
In Rare Bird, Anna Whiston-Donaldson unfolds a mother’s story of loss that leads, in time, to enduring hope. This is a book about facing impossible circumstances and desperately wishing you could turn back the clock. It is about discovering that you’re braver than you think. It is about the flicker of hope and the realization that in times of heartbreak, God is closer than your own skin.
With this unforgettable account of a family’s love and longing, Anna will draw you deeper into a divine goodness that keeps us—beyond all earthly circumstances—safe.