‘MTSU On the Record’ explores grief, healing after losing a child

A publishing house founded by former MTSU professors is giving a grieving mother a chance to share her journey with others.

Dr. Ron Messier

Dr. Ron Messier

Kristi Hay

Kristi Hay

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Kristi Hay and Ron Messier first aired May 4 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ). You can listen to their conversation here.

Hay, a registered nurse and childbirth educator, is the author of “Our World Turned Upside Down: Life after the Death of a Child.”

The book chronicles the death of her second son, Aidan, only four days after his birth, as well as the path of her family’s healing process.

Hay grief book cover web“I needed to find what I could do to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually in combination,” Hay said. “It was a very slow process, and one part of that might have a greater need than another at any given time.”

Messier, a professor emeritus of history and former director of the University Honors Program, is a co-founder of Twin Oaks Press, the publishing house that produced Hay’s book.

“Kristi’s book is the 10th book that Twin Oaks Press has published,” Messier said. “If you look at the list of the 10 books, you’ll see that there’s quite a variety of genres represented.”

In addition to Hay and Messier, Twin Oaks has produced books by former Honors Program director June Hall McCash, former Honors College Dean Philip Mathis, economics Professor Emeritus Reuben Kyle and former College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean Jan Leone.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives here.

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

A video clip of the interview is available below.