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    For a variety of reasons—including cultural norms, a man’s traditional role in the family, and lack of support—a father’s grief often fades into the background when his child dies. The Grief of Dads was written by Catholic fathers just like you who have lost a child at any age and from any circumstance. These dads offer the support, spiritual guidance, and companionship you need as you make your way through grief. The Grief of Dads is an important resource to help you know that you are not alone and to work through loss and the upheaval of deep grieving with help from men who have been there, too. Authors Patrick O’Hearn and Bryan Feger, along with Ryan Breaux of Red Bird Ministries—an organization that guides individuals and couples through the trauma of losing a child—want to normalize conversations about men’s grief. Drawing on the richness of the Catholic faith, they offer stories from the men in the Bible and from male saints who knew the pain of losing a child and yet found hope and healing in God. The authors share their own stories and the experiences of seven other fathers who lean on their faith and seek healing with help from the sacraments, the Bible, fellow Catholics, and the devotional practices of the Church. The book includes resource lists, journaling space, prayers, spiritual reflections, and letters of spiritual support, as well as guidance for friends, family, and pastors of grieving fathers. Kelly Breaux, cofounder and president of Red Bird Ministries, wrote a chapter for wives as well. Patrick O’Hearn is a Catholic author of several books, including Nursery of Heaven: Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today’s Parents. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University and a master’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. O’Hearn is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He founded Contemplative Heart Press, works as a freelance editor and a literary consultant. His work has been featured in the National Catholic Register and Aleteia. O'Hearn has appeared on EWTN’s Women of Grace and At Home with Jim and Joy, EWTN radio, Relevant Radio, and Iowa Catholic Radio. He and his wife, Amanda, lost two of their four children to miscarriage. The O’Hearns live in North Carolina. Bryan Feger is a scientist and medical writer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a doctorate in physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and serves as a high school catechist and as part of Yokefellows Prison Ministry. After experiencing the loss of three children from miscarriage, he feels called to let other dads know they are not alone, grieving is necessary, and healing is possible. He lives with his wife and son in Durham, North Carolina. Kelly and Ryan Breaux cofounded Red Bird Ministries following the loss of four of their children—two boys and two girls. The organization helps parents who have lost a child to find healing. Red Bird partners with dioceses and parishes to provide the tools and resources to support families who have experienced the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood. Ryan and Kelly coauthored Restoring Love. Ryan also contributed to several books published by Red Bird Ministries for group and couple’s programs offered by the organization. Ryan and Kelly provide mental health content for the Hallow app. They have been guests on a number of Catholic radio and TV shows, including At Home with Jim and Joy on EWTN, Rome Reports, the Catholic Faith Network, Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, and Kresta in the Afternoon. Their work has been featured in the National Catholic Register, Radiant magazine, FemCatholic, Aleteia, and in numerous diocesan publications. Ryan works as a key account manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company United and is in his second term as an alderman. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Kelly and Ryan Breaux cofounded Red Bird Ministries following the loss of four of their children—two boys and two girls. The organization helps parents who have lost a child to find healing. Red Bird partners with dioceses and parishes to provide the tools and resources to support families who have experienced the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood.

    From the Publisher

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    TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

    You are not alone.

    This book was written for all men who have lost a child, but especially for you. We want you to know that you are not alone. And although no one is grieving exactly like you, we hope the stories and insights from other dads, the spiritual and psychological tools for healing, and other resources this book offers will give you a sense of companionship with other men, and maybe even some healing and direction.

    How to Use this Book

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    TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

    TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

    Part I: You Are Not Alone

    Part I of this book is intended to help you better understand that you are not alone in grieving the death of a child. We look first at what medical science tells us about grief, particularly about how men tend to experience grief. We then visit the stories of biblical and saintly fathers who experienced child loss and draw lessons from their lives and witness their faith.

    Part II: Loss Dads Today

    In part II, you will encounter the loss stories of ten Catholic men and how they each found their path toward healing in the traditions and practices of the Catholic Church.

    Part III: Practical Wisdom, Reflections, Prayers, and Scripture Passages

    Part III provides practical advice for grieving fathers; for wives, brothers, and friends of grieving fathers; and for pastors and other priests.

    Passage IV: Tools for the Journey

    Part IV offers you a few tools for your journey toward healing, such as mood-screening inventories, space for journaling, and suggestions about where to find additional help.

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    Patrick O'Hearn

    Patrick O’Hearn is a Catholic author of several books, including Nursery of Heaven: Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today’s Parents.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University and a master’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. O’Hearn is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He founded Contemplative Heart Press, works as a freelance editor and a literary consultant.

    His work has been featured in the National Catholic Register and Aleteia. O'Hearn has appeared on EWTN’s Women of Grace and At Home with Jim and Joy, EWTN radio, Relevant Radio, and Iowa Catholic Radio.

    He and his wife, Amanda, lost two of their four children to miscarriage. The O’Hearns live in North Carolina.

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    Bryan Feger

    Bryan Feger is a scientist and medical writer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a doctorate in physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

    He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and serves as a high school catechist and as part of Yokefellows Prison Ministry.

    After experiencing the loss of three children from miscarriage, he feels called to let other dads know they are not alone, grieving is necessary, and healing is possible.

    He lives with his wife and son in Durham, North Carolina.

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    Kelly and Ryan Breaux

    Kelly and Ryan Breaux cofounded Red Bird Ministries following the loss of four of their children—two boys and two girls. The organization helps parents who have lost a child to find healing. Red Bird partners with dioceses and parishes to provide the tools and resources to support families who have experienced the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood.

    Ryan and Kelly coauthored Restoring Love. Ryan also contributed to several books published by Red Bird Ministries for group and couple’s programs offered by the organization. Ryan and Kelly provide mental health content for the Hallow app. They have been guests on a number of Catholic radio and TV shows, including At Home with Jim and Joy on EWTN, Rome Reports, the Catholic Faith Network, Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, and Kresta in the Afternoon. Their work has been featured in the National Catholic Register, Radiant magazine, FemCatholic, Aleteia, and in numerous diocesan publications.

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    The Grief of Dads: Support and Hope for Catholic Fathers Navigating Child Loss

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      For a variety of reasons—including cultural norms, a man’s traditional role in the family, and lack of support—a father’s grief often fades into the background when his child dies. The Grief of Dads was written by Catholic fathers just like you who have lost a child at any age and from any circumstance. These dads offer the support, spiritual guidance, and companionship you need as you make your way through grief. The Grief of Dads is an important resource to help you know that you are not alone and to work through loss and the upheaval of deep grieving with help from men who have been there, too. Authors Patrick O’Hearn and Bryan Feger, along with Ryan Breaux of Red Bird Ministries—an organization that guides individuals and couples through the trauma of losing a child—want to normalize conversations about men’s grief. Drawing on the richness of the Catholic faith, they offer stories from the men in the Bible and from male saints who knew the pain of losing a child and yet found hope and healing in God. The authors share their own stories and the experiences of seven other fathers who lean on their faith and seek healing with help from the sacraments, the Bible, fellow Catholics, and the devotional practices of the Church. The book includes resource lists, journaling space, prayers, spiritual reflections, and letters of spiritual support, as well as guidance for friends, family, and pastors of grieving fathers. Kelly Breaux, cofounder and president of Red Bird Ministries, wrote a chapter for wives as well. Patrick O’Hearn is a Catholic author of several books, including Nursery of Heaven: Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today’s Parents. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University and a master’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. O’Hearn is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He founded Contemplative Heart Press, works as a freelance editor and a literary consultant. His work has been featured in the National Catholic Register and Aleteia. O'Hearn has appeared on EWTN’s Women of Grace and At Home with Jim and Joy, EWTN radio, Relevant Radio, and Iowa Catholic Radio. He and his wife, Amanda, lost two of their four children to miscarriage. The O’Hearns live in North Carolina. Bryan Feger is a scientist and medical writer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a doctorate in physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and serves as a high school catechist and as part of Yokefellows Prison Ministry. After experiencing the loss of three children from miscarriage, he feels called to let other dads know they are not alone, grieving is necessary, and healing is possible. He lives with his wife and son in Durham, North Carolina. Kelly and Ryan Breaux cofounded Red Bird Ministries following the loss of four of their children—two boys and two girls. The organization helps parents who have lost a child to find healing. Red Bird partners with dioceses and parishes to provide the tools and resources to support families who have experienced the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood. Ryan and Kelly coauthored Restoring Love. Ryan also contributed to several books published by Red Bird Ministries for group and couple’s programs offered by the organization. Ryan and Kelly provide mental health content for the Hallow app. They have been guests on a number of Catholic radio and TV shows, including At Home with Jim and Joy on EWTN, Rome Reports, the Catholic Faith Network, Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, and Kresta in the Afternoon. Their work has been featured in the National Catholic Register, Radiant magazine, FemCatholic, Aleteia, and in numerous diocesan publications. Ryan works as a key account manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company United and is in his second term as an alderman. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Kelly and Ryan Breaux cofounded Red Bird Ministries following the loss of four of their children—two boys and two girls. The organization helps parents who have lost a child to find healing. Red Bird partners with dioceses and parishes to provide the tools and resources to support families who have experienced the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood.

      From the Publisher

      TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads
      TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

      You are not alone.

      This book was written for all men who have lost a child, but especially for you. We want you to know that you are not alone. And although no one is grieving exactly like you, we hope the stories and insights from other dads, the spiritual and psychological tools for healing, and other resources this book offers will give you a sense of companionship with other men, and maybe even some healing and direction.

      How to Use this Book

      TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

      grief of dadsgrief of dads

      TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

      TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

      Part I: You Are Not Alone

      Part I of this book is intended to help you better understand that you are not alone in grieving the death of a child. We look first at what medical science tells us about grief, particularly about how men tend to experience grief. We then visit the stories of biblical and saintly fathers who experienced child loss and draw lessons from their lives and witness their faith.

      Part II: Loss Dads Today

      In part II, you will encounter the loss stories of ten Catholic men and how they each found their path toward healing in the traditions and practices of the Catholic Church.

      Part III: Practical Wisdom, Reflections, Prayers, and Scripture Passages

      Part III provides practical advice for grieving fathers; for wives, brothers, and friends of grieving fathers; and for pastors and other priests.

      Passage IV: Tools for the Journey

      Part IV offers you a few tools for your journey toward healing, such as mood-screening inventories, space for journaling, and suggestions about where to find additional help.

      grief of dadsgrief of dads
      TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

      Patrick O'Hearn

      Patrick O’Hearn is a Catholic author of several books, including Nursery of Heaven: Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today’s Parents.

      He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University and a master’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. O’Hearn is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He founded Contemplative Heart Press, works as a freelance editor and a literary consultant.

      His work has been featured in the National Catholic Register and Aleteia. O'Hearn has appeared on EWTN’s Women of Grace and At Home with Jim and Joy, EWTN radio, Relevant Radio, and Iowa Catholic Radio.

      He and his wife, Amanda, lost two of their four children to miscarriage. The O’Hearns live in North Carolina.

      TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

      Bryan Feger

      Bryan Feger is a scientist and medical writer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a doctorate in physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

      He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and serves as a high school catechist and as part of Yokefellows Prison Ministry.

      After experiencing the loss of three children from miscarriage, he feels called to let other dads know they are not alone, grieving is necessary, and healing is possible.

      He lives with his wife and son in Durham, North Carolina.

      TheGriefofDadsTheGriefofDads

      Kelly and Ryan Breaux

      Kelly and Ryan Breaux cofounded Red Bird Ministries following the loss of four of their children—two boys and two girls. The organization helps parents who have lost a child to find healing. Red Bird partners with dioceses and parishes to provide the tools and resources to support families who have experienced the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood.

      Ryan and Kelly coauthored Restoring Love. Ryan also contributed to several books published by Red Bird Ministries for group and couple’s programs offered by the organization. Ryan and Kelly provide mental health content for the Hallow app. They have been guests on a number of Catholic radio and TV shows, including At Home with Jim and Joy on EWTN, Rome Reports, the Catholic Faith Network, Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, and Kresta in the Afternoon. Their work has been featured in the National Catholic Register, Radiant magazine, FemCatholic, Aleteia, and in numerous diocesan publications.

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