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Finding Hope When A Child Dies: What Other Cultures Can Teach Us
Wingate Packard, The Seattle Times, August 5, 1999 says:
This is a comforting, thoughtful approach to the excruciating questions that grief churns up -- "How will I go on? What is the meaning of this child's death?" -- without minimizing the loss of innocence and lifelong sorrow felt by survivors. This is the best book on parental grief that I have seen.



The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
In 1927, Walter Evans-Wentz published his translation of an obscure Tibetan Nyingma text and called it the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Popular Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has transformed that ancient text, conveying a perennial philosophy that is at once religious, scientific, and practical. Through extraordinary anecdotes and stories from religious traditions East and West, Rinpoche introduces the reader to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, moving gradually to the topics of death and dying. Death turns out to be less of a crisis and more of an opportunity. Concepts such as reincarnation, karma, and bardo and practices such as meditation, tonglen, and phowa teach us how to face death constructively. As a result, life becomes much richer. Like Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Sogyal Rinpoche opens the door to a full experience of death. It is up to the reader to walk through. --Brian Bruya, as quoted on



When A Baby Dies
When a Baby Dies: A Handbook for Healing and Helping is written to help families heal and provide support to healthcare professionals. Revised in 1998, the book covers individual stories of pregnancy and perinatal loss. There are specific chapters on miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, newborn death and loss in a multiple gestation pregnancy. Working from the fact that grief is normal, the book also addresses the family issues that occur as each person grieves differently. Additional chapters address the roles of individual healthcare professionals and include checklists which are helpful in caring for bereaved families.



Creative Acts of Healing: After A Baby Dies
Creative Acts of Healing: After a Baby Dies is a first person longitudinal account of loss, mourning, grief, healing and recovery. The book offers the reader a source to recognize the slow process of grief and to discover that healing can't be rushed, but may be aided. Creative Acts of Healing provides inspiration to celebrate anniversaries of the baby's birth, Mother's Day and holidays following the loss.



How To Survive The Loss Of A Child
Parents who suffer the death of a child must endure excruciating grief, and they often need help to reach the final stage of healing and renewal. Writing from personal experience and with professional expertise, Dr. Catherine M. Sanders provides a healing guide for one of life's most devastating experiences. Dr. Sanders explains the grieving process with compassion and insight. She also advises other family members and friends in how to assist the grieving parents and to cope with their own sense of loss.



An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death
Christian Oriented: The publisher, Loyola Press , November 13, 1998
Comfort and hope for parents after infant death. Nearly a million parents suffer a miscarriage or infant death every year. Theirs can be a lonely, quiet grief--with many deep emotions experienced but not easily expressed. This collection of more than a hundred short meditations beautifully interweaves these overwhelming and very real feelings of bereaved parents with scripture passages that provide comfort, direction, and a sense of hope.

"The book features short reflections--many of them hers--interspersed with Scriptures from the Bible. There is a section for mothers and one for fathers. The book is intended to be poignant and uplifting, to make those who have experienced such sadness remember and knowingly nod their heads and realise that someone else has felt the same misery. It is intended to help the rest of us understand, at least a little.' --Bill Lohmann, RICHMOND-TIMES DISPATCH, 10/06/98

"'O'Keefe Lafser originally wrote " An Empty Cradle, A Full Heart" for a neice who lost a child. She alternates reflections about the intense loss--drawn from her personal experience and from conversations with others who have lost children--with Scripture passages that echo the parent's sorrow, but also offer comfort, direction, and a sense of hope." --Heidi Schlumpf, NEW WORLD 10/11/98


Dear Cheyenne by Joanne Cacciatore
This book contains a wealth of helpful information for families after the death of a child. The lack of societal support and the overriding feelings of isolation and debilitating guilt/grief exacerbates a parent's disconnectedness. This book helps to make reality more clear after the tragedy of a child's death. It teaches skills necessary to integrate our pain into the day to day life we once knew as "normal."



A Silent Sorrow
From Kirkus Reviews
In this comforting, thorough second edition of the 1993 guide for those who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy, Kohn, a social worker (and founder of the National Council of Jewish Women's Pregnancy Loss Support Program), and Moffit (a lay counselor for that program) sympathetically address the full range of tragedies, including miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, losses following a medical crisis, stillbirth, newborn death, and having to end a pregnancy because the baby's or mother's life or health is compromised. Using the term pregnancy loss to ``embrace all losses that occur whenever a wanted pregnancy has ended,'' they begin by explaining the special nature of grief that follows losing a baby. ``No matter what kind of pregnancy you experienced,'' they counsel, ``you are probably unprepared for the anguish you feel . . . you have lost a baby who was a real part of you and your hoped-for future.'' The authors consider the ways the experience of loss differs for mothers and fathers, the ways the relationship may be changed, and the medical, practical, and emotional issues for each type of pregnancy loss. ``The Response of Others'' considers the reactions of family and friends, and helping other children and grieving grandparents cope. Finally, ``Special Circumstances'' addresses career issues, infertility, and the possibility of subsequent pregnancies. A helpful update reflecting changes in both medical care and the social climate.
-- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.



I Can't Find A Heartbeat
Christian oriented: Support book for coping and healing after the death of a child, loss of a pregnancy.



Unspeakable Losses
For those who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth--or those who have elected to terminate a pregnancy--the experience has all too often been minimized and misunderstood. According to author and psychotherapist Kim Kluger-Bell, pregnancy loss can be described with one word: unspeakable. In this remarkable and moving psychological study, Kluger-Bell examines the "shadow side" of being pregnant--the unspoken grief of losing a pregnancy before birth through miscarriage, abortion, or stillbirth.



Her Choice To Heal
Christian oriented: We can debate abortion all we want, but the fact remains: there is pain involved in abortion. Much more than just a work on forgiveness, this is a much needed handbook for identifying the characteristics of post-abortion syndrome, as well as a spiritual resource for coming to terms with your situation and finding hope. This is a touching story that begins in pain and ends in healing. Readers will learn that spiritual and emotional healing is not only possible, it is God's way of restoring us.



The Healing Choice
From Booklist
Los Angeles-based psychotherapists DePuy and Dovitch provide much-needed guidance for those dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder after abortion--an emotional wound often felt years afterward. Richly accompanied by sidebars quoting from Maya Angelou, Marilyn Monroe, Ayn Rand, Lily Tomlin, Margaret Sanger, and other notables, their text initially addresses the reality of pregnancy and the myths surrounding motherhood and then details the procedure of abortion from clinical as well as emotional standpoints. The second section examines the aftermath of abortion, giving special emphasis to feelings of guilt and anger and to seeking forgiveness. Acceptance is the focus of the third and final part, with DePuy and Dovitch discussing the slow and ongoing process of transformation and healing. Throughout, the book features exercises designed to help women conflicted over having had abortions reclaim their bodies and achieve a state of peace. -Whitney Scott, as quoted on


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