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Fatherhood and Grief: A Heart That Works

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“I went through a real transformation from anger to really more love,” Comedian and Actor Rob Delaney says of writing his new memoir, A Heart That Works, which shares an intimate look at life after losing his 1-year-old son Henry to a brain tumor.A Heart That Works

This visceral and deeply personal memoir by the star of the Amazon Prime series Catastrophe shares their journey about love, loss and fatherhood. The family had moved from Los Angeles to London with their two young boys when Rob’s wife was pregnant with Henry, their third. The move was an adventure and a challenge that would bind them even more tightly together as they navigated the novelty of London, the culture clashes, and the funhouse experience of Rob’s fame—thanks to his role as co-creator and co-star of the hit series Catastrophe.

Henry’s illness was a cataclysm that changed everything about their lives. Amid the hospital routine, surgeries, and brutal treatments, they found a newfound community of nurses, aides, caregivers, and fellow parents contending with the unthinkable. Two years later, Henry died, and his family watched their world fall away to reveal the things that matter most. He says hearing honest reactions to his story is “like water…in the desert.”

“I genuinely believe, whether it’s true or not, that if people felt a fraction of what my family felt and still feels, they would know what this life and this world are really about.”


Delaney is donating his profits from A Heart That Works to children’s hospices. 

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