“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”
– William Shakespeare
Dianna has been a writer since she was 14 years old when she began writing poems in eighth grade.
She considers writing to be an inherent human expression since the beginning of humanity. Dianna studied Poetry Therapy with Dr. Sherry Reiter and has taught many people how to write from their hearts with no judgement.
She hopes to get her novel about her Greek ancestors published soon, but in the meantime, you can read some of her published work here.
Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Infant Death breaks the lonely, silent suffering of bereaved mothers facing infant and pregnancy loss.
Dianna Vagianos Armentrout details her pregnancy journey with her daughter, Mary Rose, who died an hour after birth of trisomy 18, a random genetic illness described as “incompatible with life.”
For five long months of pregnancy, she knew that her baby would not live and thrive, planning a funeral and seeking hospice for her unborn daughter. The heaviness of this grief, which most women bear alone, is shared here and will comfort mothers who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. Through journal entries, essays and poetry, Dianna invites the reader to process grief and honor the life of the child, no matter how brief. In addition, readers will learn how to support the bereaved by remembering the baby and pregnancy.With eloquent language, fierce honesty and a record of the rawness of grief, readers in the midst of their own suffering will recognize the path that bereaved parents walk.
Dianna’s experiences with infertility, motherhood, infant loss and miscarriage infuse her writing with compassion for all women. Finally there is a book to honor the pregnancy, baby and loss, loving the children past their death, loving the wombs that nurtured them and accepting the sacred path of mothering children whose bodies are broken, but whose souls are intact and perfectly whole. This book shines with love and the knowledge that even the briefest life is holy.Read it. Share it. Spread the word. We no longer have to grieve our infants and pregnancies alone.