Three Minus One

ThreeMinusOneThree 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.




“Three Minus One is a must-read. I am amazed and in awe of the strength and courage of the parents who have shared their stories. I hope that as they break the silence around stillbirth and infant loss, their efforts will comfort those parents who suffer and will inspire the call for research that will help us prevent these tragedies in the future.”

Craig E. Rubens, MD, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, an initiative of Seattle Children’s



“In a society in which the death of a baby is a topic more often avoided than discussed, a book like this one is a beacon for those who need to give a voice to the pain they feel—and for those who need to know they’re not alone. Three Minus One captures a multitude of experiences related to the loss of a baby. For anyone who has lost a baby—or for anyone who loves someone who has suffered that loss—this wrenching yet still somehow beautiful collection is a must-read.”

Gina Harris, Executive Director, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep



“As a mother, this powerful collection of essays, poems and images touch me deeply. I am amazed and impressed by strength and courage these parents have shown in by sharing their stories. I hope that by telling their stories they can help break the silence for millions who suffer thinking they are alone in their pain, and comforting them by knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” 

Cindy Crawford