Laura Kelly Fanucci is a wife, mother, writer, and director of the Communities of Calling Initiative at the Collegeville Institute at Saint John’s University.

She earned her Master of Divinity from Saint John’s School of Theology and her BA from the University of Notre Dame. She writes about faith and family life at Mothering Spirit and in her nationally syndicated column for Catholic News Service. Laura is the author of several books, including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press, 2014).

Franco David Fanucci is a husband, father, and chief engineer for a railroad maintenance of way company. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management and his BS from the University of Notre Dame.

Franco and Laura live in Minnesota with their children.

Visit her website at

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Latest for OSV

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.” (Ps 34:19)

You might feel, in the days and weeks after a miscarriage, like the Lord is anything but close.

Laura and Franco Fanucci understand. After struggling with infertility, they miscarried their third child in the first trimester. Later, their twin daughters were born prematurely and lived only a few days. Laura and Franco are here to tell you that, while your miscarriage is a deeply personal loss, you are not alone.

Grieving Together is written by a couple specifically for couples, understanding that both spouses have experienced a loss and grieve differently. Drawing from Catholic tradition and teaching, Laura and Franco gently guide you through:

  • The physical and emotional experiences of miscarriage — including help in making the hardest decisions
  • How couples respond to grief — and how to support each other
  • Turning to family, friends, and the Church — finding help and support from loved ones and your Church community
  • The future after miscarriage — where to go from here as a couple

Grieving Together is the book the Fanuccis had wished for after their miscarriage. Practical resources include Scripture, prayers, and official Catholic rites. It also speaks to the unique concerns of fathers, and includes many real-life stories from couples in many different circumstances.

“We are fellow travelers on the road: parents who have suffered significant losses yet have grown in our marriage because of the gifts of our children’s lives.” — Laura and Franco Fanucci