At age four, author Jennifer Martin’s son, Kelly, was diagnosed with a rare inherited metabolic disorder, Mucopolysaccharidosis, or MPS, which caused multiple complications throughout his life. He lived until the age of twenty-three when he died of a sudden heart attack.

In Star Child, Martin offers a poignant look at her bittersweet healing journey following her son’s death. Martin’s heartfelt expressions in Star Child celebrate Kelly’s brief life and give grieving parents solace and support, allowing healing to begin.

“Star Child includes stories and poems that complement my writing. Each story, each poem was specifically chosen to be included because of its beauty, eloquence, grace and power. The authors and poets featured here offer a sacred communion with their words, hearts, and the deep understanding of loss, pain, and love. Their words and sentiments echoed a familiar song to my broken heart. Different stories, different words, different, but, in the end, the same. In the words of Queen Elizabeth II, ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’ ”   

~ Jennifer Martin

Praise for Star Child: A Mother’s Journey through Grief

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