The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed

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“This is an extraordinarily moving, beautiful, and compassionate book about the universal subject of loss and how one couple came to understand why the Buddha’s request to bring him a mustard seed from any household where no one had ever died could never be fulfilled. Totally life-affirming.”—Mandala


A Mother’s Story of Loss and Hope

Kathleen Willis Morton

After the death of her six-week-old son, Liam, Katie Willis Morton embarked on a courageous search for solace and understanding. The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed invites readers to share in her voyage as she travels the world and the landscapes of her own experience. Interweaving what she witnesses—simple rituals like children’s baths and picnics, and birth and death rites—with her own recovery and growth, she discovers that the pain she has experienced is both unavoidable and necessary, a pivotal part of the process of healing that can lead to “a victorious kind of joy, of acceptance.” In discovering herself, Morton speaks to readers suffering similar tragedies, and indeed to all of us, in an intimate and inspiring story about enduring world-shattering pain and coming out whole.

The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed helps us confront the universal truths of love and loss that we all will eventually and inevitably encounter. This book will be a comfort to anyone who has faced a tragic loss, but not only that, it takes us all on a rich journey, through joy, suffering, and ultimately to hope, in a way that is quietly beautiful and, above all, utterly life-affirming.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $15.95
  • ISBN 9780861715657
about the author
The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed

Kathleen Willis Morton holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. A practicing Buddhist since age seventeen, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her family.

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