Still.
By Stephanie Paige Cole

 


About the Author

Stephanie Cole is an artist, an activist, and above all, a mother.

Since Madeline's death she has dedicated herself to honoring her daughter's short but precious life by working to improve the way stillbirths are handled at the hospital and in the community. Aside from writing this book and founding the Sweet Pea Project, Stephanie also give presentations at hospitals about the needs of bereaved parents, she has created workshops and art exhibits that focus on using art as a tool to navigate through grief, and has met with senators and state representatives to urge them to pass the MISSing Angels Bill. None of this will make the death of a baby okay, but hopefully it will help create a more supportive and compassionate community for the families left behind.

Stephanie also spends a lot of time working with the Sweet Pea Project, which she founded in January 2009.  The project collects and donates blankets to hospitals for stillborn babies and provides resources and support for bereaved families.  Stephanie will be donating all of her profits from the sale of Still. to the Sweet Pea Project, where the money will be used to donate copies of the book to hospitals and bereavement organizations throughout the country.  More information on the Sweet Pea Project can be found online at: SweetPeaProject.org
 

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Still: a collection of honest artwork and writings from the heart of a grieving mother

When Stephanie Cole’s daughter died of unknown causes one week after her due date, it shook her to her very core and set her on a journey into the depths of grief.  Stephanie faced her loss head-on, using creative expression as a tool to navigate her way through the intensity of her emotions, and allowing herself to grieve honestly and on her own terms.   In her new book, Still: a collection of honest artwork and writings from the heart of a grieving mother, Stephanie invites us in for an intimate look at that first dark year without her daughter. 

Stephanie has always had a love of writing, but never really considered becoming an author.  Even as Still was being created, she didn’t feel as though she was writing a book.  Stephanie explains, “I write as a way to release all of the overwhelming emotions of grief from my body.  Before Still. was a book it was my journal, my canvas.  It was a way for me to express the unspeakable.”  Stephanie felt compelled to publish this very personal account in the hope that it will help break the silence of stillbirth.  She wants to give other bereaved parents something they can relate to, to help them feel less alone in their despair.  She also wants to offer a deeper understanding to those who haven’t experienced such a loss so that they will be better able to support those who have.   “There is such a stigma attached to stillbirth, nobody wants to talk about it, but this is a story that needs to be told.  Nobody should have to suffer in silence.  I want to begin a conversation that will ultimately allow other bereaved mothers to feel confident in speaking about the full truth of their motherhood.”

Stephanie finds strength and motivation in the courageous women that came before her, who refused to accept the status quo of “put this out of your mind, go home and try again.”  She credits Sherokee Ilse, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, Kara L.C. Jones, Laura Seftel and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross as inspirations, saying that through their work they “reached into the ocean of my loss and pulled me aboard their little lifeboat.”

Stephanie is honored to now be in a position to pull others on board as well, but first she had to overcome the fear of putting such a personal, emotional experience out into the world for everyone to read.  “It is a little scary” says Stephanie, “but I have to believe that someone will be helped because of it, and that makes it all worthwhile.”

 

Soft Cover - 6x9 - 70 pages - $9.99

ISBN: 978-1-60911-586-9
ISBN / SKU: 1-60911-586-4

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Reviews of Still.

"Still. shows us how look at grief and our different kind of parenting even when we feel overwhelmed by the chaos.  Stephanie models for us how to journal, paint, sculpt, shatter, glue together, take a poetic view.  All of these are tools we can use to look askew and try to get a handle on our experience when looking straight on is just too much.  Stephanie does not prescribe one single way. She does not claim to have the fix or the exact path we must all adhere to.  But rather she shares all the tools she used.  She gives you the choice to try what feels right to you.  She models one way and leaves all the other branches off the path open for you to try as you need and want."

Kara L.C. Jones, Grief & Creativity Coach at MotherHenna.com

Still  is the poignant exposition of the reality that besets more than 25,000 pregnant families each year in the US.  Stephanie Cole’s portrayal of the year following Madeline’s death is vivid and stark, and speaks to the disbelief and emptiness of the 50% of parents who never discover why their unborn baby died.  Stephanie’s year deprived of an infant is illustrative of the challenge families and those who care for them face when experiencing the loss of an unborn child.  Each child is a special chapter in every family’s life, even if that chapter is but a few, heartbreaking pages of limited memories.  Still is important reading for those who experience pregnancy loss.  Perhaps it is more important reading for those who have not shared the experience but wish to understand.”

Dr. John J. Botti, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

“Stephanie’s honesty and candor are refreshing in a society that wants everything, even mourning, wrapped up in some sort of neat package.  She allows us to walk her path with her, acknowledging that everyone’s journey will be unique and that we will eventually accept what will become our new normal."

Beth Gauthier, Mother to Mark (stillborn, Feb 2007)

“Stephanie writes from a place of honesty and raw emotion.  Throughout her writing she weaves the dreams she and her husband had for their precious daughter Madeline.  Her words help the reader understand the depth of pain felt by parents who experience the death of a much loved and hoped for baby.  A great read for any professional who wants to gain a better  understanding of the emotions and feelings of a grieving parent.”

Chaplain Carolanne Hauck, Bereavement Coordinator


 

 

   


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