Mo(u)rning Joy – A Memoir of Stillbirth from intuition and Beyond



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mo(u)rning Joy - A memoir on getting through stillbirth and beyond #birth

Author: Klan Chapman Lloyd


Publication Date: October 2015

Available on Kindle, Nook, iPad and Paperback


Mo(u)rning Joy


Rarely to never do I review books of this subject matter.  On the surface, it’s deeply sad to depressing – and brings very raw emotions to surface that I have neither experienced firsthand or can identify with.  I don’t like sad or depressing.  I don’t like feelings that I don’t want to experience.  I don’t open CNN, look at the news, or allow any type of outside influence.  Not too far from my own pregnancy – and it’s madness – this isn’t some thing I neither want to read about or experience.

I eat clean, I workout, I help others achieve their goals, and I talk “children” and ” live babies”.

I like happy and light!

This is not happy nor light.

However, this is different.  A very sad raw story, inspired with light.  Through faith, the author heals and tells her story in a witty way!


Weeping may last through night, but joy comes in the morning

~Psalm 30:5


Mo(u)rning Joy is strength through healing.

Honestly, I accepted this book review because I wanted to help an author spread her story.  It was more of a, I know it’s hard to get your story out – and I am feeling very nice today.

I know, sad but true.

I wasn’t too excited about the subject.  I imagined long winding sad prose – never ending.

Well, I was wrong.  Mo(u)ring Joy is a fresh account of the healing process.

The chapters are short and meaningful.  Raw emotion was told in a way  that wasn’t sad.  Honestly, I’m not much of a crier.  I will cry at a deeply sad terminally ill movie, or at Old-Yeller (it gets me every time), maybe Benji – but overall – I don’t cry.  This book, I thought would make me cry.

I didn’t cry.


“It was only when the well-intentioned funeral director told us that he’d put a nightlight and a teddy bear with the tiny body of our son that I lost it.  I sobbed uncontrollably (this sounds soap opera dramatic, I know, but truly, it was.  We were in our own Lifetime movie.).”


It’s a very sad emotion – but it’s not sad.  Right?

It’s healing through faith and laughter that makes this book uniquely good and fresh.  Kalan’s voice is very real, down to earth and refreshing.

Her real voice offers encouragement and comfort to many.


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About Kalan Chapman Lloyd

photo-26Kalan7x300 Kalan Chapman Lloyd is an attorney and author currently residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She enjoys big hair, Supreme Court Decisions on Intellectual Property, hats, the sound of construction and the feel of brand new sweatshirts. Kalan grew up in the small town Tahlequah, OK where she graduated from Tahlequah Senior High School. She attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa College of Law and has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar since 2008. She and her husband, Grant, enjoy parenting their strong-willed, left-handed children. She is a Junior League dropout.

Her first book, Home Is Where Your Boots Are, the first in the series, The MisAdventures of Miss Lilly was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and spent several weeks at No. 1 on the Literature and Fiction list of It re-released to high praise in May 2015. Her second in the series, These Boots Are Made For Butt-Kickin’, debuted to acclaim in June 2015.

Kalan writes about The South and its caricatures.

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  1. What a story, I don’t think I can read this either. I read to escape reality and sadly, we lost our oldest and only daughter when I was 20 weeks pregnant. It happened 15 years ago but the feeling of loss still haunts me. Yet, I admire the strength this mom has in sharing her story, even after all these years I still can’t get myself to write more than a comment about it. Stopping by from Mommy Monday, thanks for hosting!
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