The “Return to Zero” Movie
The Emmy-, Critics Choice- and Writer’s Guild of America-nominated film Return To Zero, starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein, is based on the true story of the filmmaker, Sean Hanish, and his wife Kiley, who, just weeks before the due date of their of their first child, discovered that their baby had died in the womb and would be stillborn. Of the film, Variety wrote, “Return To Zero is a painful portrait of devastating loss, pivoting on a performance by Minnie Driver that acutely captures those raw feelings.” It’s available on DVD and instant streaming, along with the soundtrack.
Your Stories: The Return to Zero Archive
This is a collaboration between Return To Zero and Reconceiving Loss. It began as the result of the outpouring of stories of loss in response to a call for submissions for the book Three Minus One (see below). We continue to invite people to contribute their personal stories of loss to our public archive and thereby shed more light on this taboo subject. Submissions are welcomed from anyone who has suffered loss at any gestational stage up to and including infancy. The archive will be used to remember and to educate members of the general public and media about what it means to lose a child this way.
The Book, “Three Minus One”
Inspired by the film Return To Zero, Three Minus One, edited by Sean Hanish and Brooke Warner, is a poignant, inspiring anthology of stories by parents that offers much needed insight into the unique, shattering, and life-changing experience of losing a child. Dr. Craig E. Rubens, MD, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, has said of the book, “Three Minus One is a must-read. I am amazed and in awe of the strength and courage of the parents who have shared their stories. I hope that as they break the silence around stillbirth and infant loss, their efforts will comfort those parents who suffer and will inspire the call for research that will help us prevent these tragedies in the future.”
The Return to Zero Center for Healing
The Center developed organically from the film’s positive reception and impact. Its goal is to help others find hope and healing after the death of a baby through outreach, education, research and retreats. Led nationally and internationally by Kiley Hanish, these retreats provide a community of solace and feature experts in the psychology of grief, yoga practitioners and more. A portion of profits from Reconceiving Loss will go to the RTZ Center for Healing to provide necessary financial assistance for women in need to attend.