October Institute Book Club


Join Amy Wright Glenn, Institute founder and Lacy Habdas, graduate of the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training, bereaved mother, and educator for a 4-week exploration of Joanne Cacciatore’s book Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief.

All interested in this topic ~ for personal and/or professional reasons ~ are welcome.

*Institute members receive 50% off of book club tuition. Contact Amy to pay your tuition if you are an Institute member. If you aren’t a member, know you are warmly welcome to join the Institute and benefit from lifelong Institute membership


October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
and October is also the first launch of the Institute Book Club.

To honor this month, Amy Wright Glenn and Lacy Habdas warmly invite all who are willing/able to join them in a 4-week Institute Book Club experience.

Amy and Lacy will facilitate discussion, make room for questions, share insights, open breakout rooms for small group responses and personal reflections on Joanne Cacciatori’s powerful memoir Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief.

Wednesdays October 7, 14, 21, and 28th
11am to 1pm EST


*The Institute Book Club is open to all.
Participants gather via Zoom with two Institute Book Club Facilitators for weekly 2-hour discussions over the course of a month. There’s no powerpoint, no official teaching ~ rather facilitators are trained to hold brave/safe space for honest discussions, reflections, and allow for the wisdom drawn from responses to the book to emerge as the group’s collective teacher. Institute Book Club gatherings occur in real time and are not recorded.



A wise guide—intimate, tender, and fierce—reminding us what it means to fully love. This is a holy book, riddled with insight and compassion. It will bless all of us in our times of sorrow.
~ Francis Weller, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief


An approach to grief that moves beyond platitudes and cliché. It offers a way to truly grow through grief that is not a moving beyond but is more of an organic composting and recycling of the soul. It offers hope for those who feel like their loss has disconnected themselves forever from humanity and the circle of life. There is something for everyone in this garden that will restore and rejuvenate. I would highly recommend this book!
~Doug Bremner MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University, and author of The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg




Further reading by Amy Wright Glenn on pregnancy loss

Holding space for pregnancy loss ~ 3 components for doulas to consider

Poems that honor the postpartum body following loss

When the baby dies: Advice for birth doulas who companion the bereaved

Unconditional Support: A day in the life of an abortion doula

On gratitude and grief: Mother donates 92 gallons of breast milk following pregnancy loss 

Miscarriage matters: In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month 

Giving birth to life and death 


Lacy Habdas has a BA in Theatre and a minor in Communication Studies. After graduation, she traveled around the US and internationally for five years- sometimes performing theatre with Missoula Children’s Theatre as a Tour Actor/Director but mostly adventuring. Since moving to Duluth in 2009, Lacy has been acting, directing, teaching theatre, leading youth programming and enjoying the great outdoors. In April, Lacy and her husband welcomed their firstborn son, Forest, into the world and also said goodbye on the same day. Lacy has completed the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss training and she is learning every day about motherhood after death.