*** Holding Silvan by Monica Wesolowska

I know it’s going to be a tough sale to convince anyone to read Holding Silvan: A Brief Life simply because it’s the true story of a mother whose baby is born with such serious neurological issues that the decision is to let him die. Very grim — but told with great love and dignity, a story of what happens when regular people have to make extraordinary and extraordinarily painful decisions, surrounded by extended family and friends, some of whom provide wonderful support and others not so much, with doctors and nurses also playing angel and demon roles.

I was surprised to realize that the story is being told several years after the facts because it sounds so immediate and detailed. Yes it’s sad, but do read it. Just don’t make it a gift for the next baby shower you attend.




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