Review: Return to Zero

Streaming right now on Netflix is the Minnie Driver-led “Return to Zero.” The 2014 film is a brutal, honest and emotional look at one couple’s (Maggie and Aaron) experience after the stillbirth of their son, Arthur. It’s an independent, low-budget movie that also stars Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina and Kathy Baker.

Watch the trailer here:

I’ve been wanting to watch this for a while after hearing about it in some of the “angel mommy” discussion boards. But, I just haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it as I knew it would be emotionally draining. I didn’t feel comfortable watching it with Brett at home so I finished it last Friday since it was cool, gloomy and rainy on a “summer” day. It took 17 Kleenex to get me through. (That’s on-par with “The Notebook” for me for those wondering.)

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A New World

You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone.

MeBeforeYouI just finished JoJo Moyes’ book “Me Before You.” Probably not the best book to read when one is going through grief, but then again, I cry at every Nicholas Sparks’ book, too. So, I guess balling was just bound to happen.

Without spoiling too much of the novel, the story follows a 20-something Englander who has lost her job. She finds a six-month contract with a young lawyer who has become a quadriplegic due to a horrible motorbike accident. He now requires constant care and supervision. Their unconventional friendship and romance leads to heartache and, sadly, grief.

While the death in the story isn’t from miscarriage, the loss of a primary character is still tragic, raw and real. There will always be someone left to grieve. Someone left without. Someone who is in pain and trying to pick up the pieces of having to move on and having to continue to live.

This quote stuck out at me:

You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone.

Grief is funny that way. One minute you are in your safe, little world. Then, BAM! You’ve been T-boned by an 18-wheeler going 80 mph on the freeway. Everything is in upheaval.

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