World Premiere of Minnie Driver Movie on Stillbirth!

Return to Zero

Return to Zero

“Return to Zero” World Premiere — Only 3 Days to Go!
The momentum is building for the World Premiere of RETURN TO ZERO on LIFETIME this Saturday, May 17th at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central!

The press has been amazing! We’ve been featured on Ellen, Entertainment Tonight, the CBS Morning News, and you can tune in to see Minnie discuss RETURN TO ZERO on “The Talk” tomorrow!

If you haven’t seen the RTZ trailer yet, you can find it on our website at www.returntozerothemovie.com.

We’ve redesigned our site to make it easy for you to view our most recent videos, pre-order the DVD and find information, helpful links and a discussion guide for the film!

Even with all of the amazing publicity, we still need your help over the next 72 hours to get the word out about this important and silence-shattering film! This is an amazing moment for this community and we need your help with the final push!

Here are 5 ways to help promote the RETURN TO ZERO worldwide premiere this weekend!
1. Post ‘tune-in’ messaging on all your social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, your blog, etc., and/or ‘share’ RETURN TO ZERO Facebook messages and retweet RETURN TO ZERO tweets!

2. Download the RETURN TO ZERO Facebook cover image and post it to your Facebook page! Here’s the link!

3. Download the RETURN TO ZERO ‘Print at home’ flyers from our site and distribute them in your community. Here’s the link!

4. Host a RETURN TO ZERO viewing party at your home or designated location and download ‘Customizable Viewing Party invitation’ to invite friends, family, etc. Here’s the link!

5. Word of mouth – spread the word via phone calls, emails, talking to your friends, family, and even texting, etc., about RETURN TO ZERO premiere this weekend! There is no advertising more effective than word-of-mouth.

International Premieres!

RETURN TO ZERO premieres in the UK on Lifetime on Sunday, May 18th at 21:00!

RETURN TO ZERO premieres in Southeast Asia on Lifetime on Tuesday, May 20th!

Tune into our RTZ Facebook page for more information on international premieres as that information is made available to us.

RETURN TO ZERO–DVD Pre-Order
You can now pre-order the “Return to Zero” DVD on Amazon which ships in mid-late June. It is filled with over 75 minutes of extras–14 behind-the-scenes videos to 5 incredibly moving short films handpicked from the RTZ community.

RETURN TO ZERO–COUNTDOWN SHOW and post-film DISCUSSION
Thanks to Jonathan & Carrie of STILL Project and Carly Marie of Project Heal, we are proud to announce that we’ll be having Google + Hangouts both BEFORE and AFTER the film airs!

The COUNTDOWN SHOW begins at 7pm Eastern and features writer/director/producer Sean Hanish and Kiley Hanish and producer, Paul Jaconi-Biery. Plus, we’ll be doing live “look-ins” with viewing parties across the country!

The POST-PREMIERE DISCUSSION begins at 10:30pm Eastern where the “real Dr. Claire” Dr. Karla Iacampo and grief educator Cath Duncan will take you through the RETURN TO ZERO Discussion Guide for Bereaved Parents.

RETURN TO ZERO – the Retreat
I’m proud to announce that Kiley Hanish is going to be hosting Return to Zero retreats later this year. Her focus is on women who have been through the loss of a baby and how one can journey through grief to healing. You can find more information about her upcoming retreats and sign up for her mailing list here.

And you can always find out more about the film and find helpful links and information about stillbirth and neonatal loss here on our webiste!

Only 3 more days until we break the silence together! Let’s make every hour count!

Sincerely,

Sean Hanish
Writer, Producer, Director
RETURN TO ZERO
Father of Norbert, Roxie & Cannon

Remembering Your Baby on Mother’s Day

Remembering Your Baby

Remembering Your Baby

Mother’s Day can be a good time to remember and memorialize your baby. Here are some tips we share each year at this time, adapted from the book Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death.

There are countless ways to remember and honor your baby. No matter how much time has passed since your miscarriage, it is never too late to memorialize your child.

You can find comfort and healing by incorporating your baby’s memory into your life. Here are some suggestions:

–       Create a memory box. Include any mementos you may have from your baby. A positive pregnancy test, a toy, stuffed animal or outfit you bought for the baby (if you do not have one, then buy one). Anything you may have that reminds you of your pregnancy or your baby can be included, even if you just have a few things.

–     Make a donation in your baby’s name. Publicly acknowledge your child by making a charitable donation, or give something to a needy child that is the same age your child would have been now. Also consider submitting an article or poem about your baby to a newspaper or magazine.

–       Make something for the baby such as a quilt, a painting, a cross stitch, an outfit, a piece of pottery or furniture.

–       Buy a piece of jewelry that symbolizes your baby. Your baby’s birthstone, or an engraved necklace with your baby’s name can be good choices.

–       Plant a tree or garden in memory of your baby. You may even choose a houseplant or  indoor tree. Decorate the tree at special times of the year to remember your baby.

–       Add your baby to the family tree. If you named your baby, add him or her permanently to the family by including the baby in your family tree.

–       Donate baby items that you may have bought or received to a worthy charity. You may also do this in your baby’s name.

–       Have a celebration each year on your baby’s birthday or due date.

–       Include your baby in the hospital’s Remembrance Book. Most hospitals have a remembrance book, and even if your baby did not die in a hospital, you can contact the Chaplin at your local hospital.

–       Light a candle for the baby every evening until you feel you do not need to anymore. After that, burn it once a month, on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, or on special anniversaries.

Remembering your baby is a very personal thing.  There is no right or wrong way to honor your child. Taking the time to memorialize your baby will bring you closure and comfort as your move through your grief, and work toward recovery.

We run this article each year at this time and during Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month.

Am I a Mother?

Am I a Mother?

Am I a Mother?

Are you spending this Mother’s Day wondering if you are, in fact, a mother? 900,000-1 million women in the U.S. alone face this question every year after suffering pregnancy loss.

“For women who experience a miscarriage during their first pregnancy, the question of motherhood is an even greater one,” says Lisa Church of HopeXchange, a company dedicated to the support of women and their families facing pregnancy loss.

Mother’s Day is the most difficult holiday a woman must face after pregnancy loss. A time that was supposed to be a celebration of a new life and a new motherhood becomes a time of sadness and grief. Church’s book, Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death, encourages women to use the holiday to remember their babies, rather than making it a dreaded event to endure each year. “Nothing will lesson the pain of Mother’s Day, but with some planning you can make sure the day has meaning for you,” says Church. Here are some tips from the book that can help:

– You Are a Mother.

The best gift you can give yourself on Mother’s Day is the acknowledgment that you are a mother. You may not have a baby to hold in your arms, but you do have one in your heart.

– Let Your Family Know What You Need.

If you feel uncomfortable being recognized as a mother at a banquet or other function, substitute an activity you would feel good about. If you would rather not receive or wear a flower, then wear an item that helps you to connect with your baby, such as a piece of jewelry that includes the baby’s birthstone.

– Remember Your Baby.

Mother’s Day can be a great time for a husband and wife to talk about their baby and what the baby meant to them. Take a walk, have a quiet dinner, or just set aside some time to remember your baby together.

– Decide Ahead of Time.

The way you chose to spend Mother’s Day should be your decision- and one you make ahead of time. Setting time aside to remember and talk about your baby will make you “feel” more like a mom on the very day designed to do that. Church also reminds women that their spouses may experience similar feelings on Father’s Day, “so be sure to ask how he would like to spend the day.”

We run this article each year to help grieving Moms handle Mother’s Day.