Please join Mary Wasacz in the Scott Room, where she will discuss her new book, The Frailty of a Butterfly, a tribute to her infant daughter Cathy Anne.
Cathy Anne is diagnosed with a rare life-threatening syndrome and destined to be left in the care of an institution but Mary and her husband John want to give her care and love for the short time she spends on Earth. Facing multiple challenges and rapid-fire decisions, they advocate for Cathy Anne to spend her final days at home. The only way for them to survive their heartbreak is to lean into their faith in an ever-present God to guide and comfort them. After this life-altering experience, Mary and John decide to pioneer the first perinatal loss bereavement support group in Westchester County. Mary, a nurse by profession, transforms her career trajectory to become a family therapist specializing in bereavement―opening both her heart and home to grieving parents.
Mary Wasacz, a family therapist and clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing, was the bereavement and spiritual care coordinator for hospice for over twenty years and has been in private practice. Mary and her husband have three children, eight grandchildren, and one great- grandchild. She and her husband are avid travelers who have visited all seven continents. They currently live in New York's suburbs, where they dote on their three parrots.