Michael Newland: The Give-and-Take of Grief


When archaeologist Michael Newland’s first child died after being born prematurely, he felt he might drown in the emotions of his loss. Now Newland believes fully embracing his grief helped make him a better father to his second child, a daughter named Caitie Belle.

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Michael Newland is a staff archaeologist with the Anthropological Studies Center at Sonoma State University. He lives with his wife and baby daughter in Santa Rosa, Calif. Newland wrote his essay as part of a hospice grief group.