Monica Novak

Monica Novak became a bereaved mother in 1995 with the stillbirth of her daughter Miranda, learning firsthand the devastation of saying goodbye to a much-loved, much-wanted baby before having the chance to say hello. Three weeks later, she began a journey towards healing when she attended her first Share support group meeting. Along the way, she and six other bereaved mothers formed a close bond that carried them through the grief of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death, as well as the challenges of subsequent pregnancy and infertility. Having been at the opposite ends of grief and joy; despair and hope; indifference and compassion; fear and peace-sometimes simultaneously-she has captured these emotions and the story of her journey in a highly-praised new memoir titled The Good Grief Club. Monica writes and speaks on the subject of pregnancy loss and infant death and is involved with local and national organizations that provide support to families and caregivers. She is a member of the Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA). Her mission is to bring comfort and hope to bereaved parents worldwide and to educate and promote awareness to the physicians, nurses, clergy, counselors, family, and friends of every mother or father who has or ever will be told that their baby has no heartbeat or that nothing more can be done. The mother of three daughters, Monica lives in the Chicago area with her husband, children, and a rat terrier named Sami. For more information, please visit www.thegoodgriefclub.com or e-mail Monica at monica@thegoodgriefclub.com Monica appeared on the radio show “Healing the Grieving Heart” discussing ”Coping with Pregnancy and Infant Loss.” To hear Monica being interviewed on this show by Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley, click on the following link: www.voiceamericapd.com/health/010157/horsley101107.mp3

http://www.thegoodgriefclub.com

Articles:

Remembering Your Baby on All Souls Day, 29 Oct 2009

First Halloween, 22 Oct 2009

Floating Downstream: What Loss Has Taught Me, 16 Oct 2009

News of Fathering Dead Infant Stirs Up Grief Thirty Years Later, 05 Oct 2009

October: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, 04 Oct 2009

Keeping and Sharing Memories of Our Babies, 17 Sep 2009

Trying Something New Brings Joy and Life to the Bereaved, 11 Sep 2009

The First Support Group Meeting, 27 Aug 2009

Back to School Time Can Be Difficult, 26 Aug 2009

Follow Your Heart When You Have a Chance to Comfort Bereaved, 21 Aug 2009

Company Prepares to Welcome Employee Back After Stillbirth, 21 Aug 2009

Helping a Child After a Loss, 06 Aug 2009

Floating Downstream, 04 Aug 2009

The Emotional Impact of Stillbirth in a Multiple Pregnancy, 28 Jul 2009

A Single White Rose, 17 Jul 2009

Signs of Hope, 13 Jul 2009

Holding On and Letting Go, 11 Jul 2009

Corporate Department Takes Special Care to Welcome Back Bereaved Mom Co-Worker, 07 Jul 2009

Woman Grieves Over Death of a Baby 35 Years Ago, 01 Jul 2009

‘Grief is an Illness’ and Other Myths Surrounding Loss, 24 Jun 2009

Growing Together, 24 Jun 2009

Baby Hoax Stemmed From Real-Life Grief and Loss, 24 Jun 2009

A Stillborn Baby and the Fathers in Her Life, 19 Jun 2009

Kim McLean and Paula Prime: Finding Peace and Light After Loss, 10 Jun 2009

Welcome to My New Column and First Posting, 10 Jun 2009

GRIEF SUPPORT 101: How to Help a Bereaved Friend or Loved One, 05 Jun 2009

Death of a Child: ‘Unfinished Motherhood’, 15 May 2009

Mother’s Day Flowers, 04 May 2009

Little People with Big Hurts, 28 Apr 2009

Loss of Infant Twin Inspires Mother to Share Story, 22 Apr 2009

When a Miscarriage Occurs After Fertility Treatments, 15 Apr 2009

Horror of Pregnancy Loss Inspires Mother to Grow, 30 Mar 2009

What Makes Pregnancy Losses Unique, 20 Mar 2009

The Good Grief Club is Born, 12 Mar 2009

The Good Grief Club, 10 Mar 2009

Myth Conceptions of Parental Grief, 26 Feb 2009

How to Support a Friend Who is Grieving a Miscarriage or Infant Death, 16 Feb 2009

Pregnancy After Pregnancy Loss, 05 Feb 2009

Helping a Friend Who Loses a Child, 14 Jan 2009

Remembering a Child Who Lived a Short Life, 14 Jan 2009

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month, 14 Jan 2009

Stillbirth: “We Knew You Before You Were Born”, 14 Jan 2009

Why the Stillborn Should Have a Certificate of Birth, 14 Jan 2009

I Lost My Daughter, 12 Dec 2008

How Do I Help My Niece – Her Baby Was Stillborn, 12 Dec 2008

Poem: I Dreamed Today, 12 Dec 2008