Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss
By Alexis Marie Chute
She Writes Press
After her son, Zachary, dies in her arms at birth, visual artist and author Alexis Marie Chute disappears into her “Year of Distraction.” She cannot paint or write or tap into the heart of who she used to be, mourning not only for Zachary, but also for the future they might have had together. It is only when Chute learns she is pregnant again that she sets out to find healing and rediscover her identity―just in time, she hopes, to welcome her next child.
In the forty weeks of her pregnancy, Chute grapples with her strained marriage, shaken faith, and medical diagnosis, with profound results. Glowing with riveting and gorgeous prose, Expecting Sunshine chronicles the anticipation and anxiety of expecting a baby while still grieving for the child that came before―enveloping readers with insightful observations on grief and healing, life and death, and the incredible power of a mother’s love.
Publication date: April 18, 2017
Three Minus One anthology
Featuring the essay, “The Tiny Voice that Saved Me,” by Alexis Marie Chute.
Three Minus One: Parents’ Stories of Love and Loss is a collection of intimate, soul-baring stories and artwork by parents who have lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal death, inspired by the film Return to Zero.
The loss of a child is unlike any other, and the impact that it has on the mother, the father, their family, and their friends is devastating—a shockwave of pain and guilt that spreads through their entire community. But the majority of those affected, especially mothers, often suffer their pain in silence, convinced that their grief and trauma is theirs to bear alone. This anthology of raw memoirs, heartbreaking stories, truthful poems, beautiful painting, and stunning photography from the parents who have suffered child loss offers insight into this unique, devastating and life-changing experience—breaking the silence and offering a ray of hope to the many parents out there in search of answers, understanding, and healing.
$7.96 Kindle, $13.68 Paperback
Publication date: April 19, 2014
Sharing Her Experiences anthology
Featuring the essays by Alexis Marie Chute:
“Her Opinion: Art and the Canadian Landscape,”
“Her Threads: Spotlight on Current Artistic Practice”
An anthology of Canadian female artists’ artwork and words. Please click here to read excerpts from Sharing Her Experiences.
Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014