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Prenatal and Infant Loss Resources

If you, or someone you know has experienced stillbirth, miscarriage or have a baby die shortly after birth, we offer books to help you through this journey. We have memory books, paperbacks, just for fathers, grandparents, siblings, and more.

For Parents Experiencing the Death of a Stillborn Baby or very Young Infant by Joy and Dr. S.M. Johnson

Our number one selling book for infant loss.

Newly revised (2016)

Available in English and Spanish

Full of information beginning with hearing the bad news, recognizing the reality, things to do before you leave the hospital, naming your baby, grieving the loss, healing together. Ends with sample birth/death announcements, support organizations.

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Para los padres que sufren la experiencia de perder un hijo o de que su bebe nazca muerto

Newly revised!! (2016)

by Joy and Dr. S.M. Johnson

Full of information beginning with hearing the bad news, recognizing the reality, things to do before you leave the hospital, naming your baby, grieving the loss, healing together, ends with sample birth/death announcements and other organizations.

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For parents experiencing fetal loss. When you have a miscarriage you have a very real and powerful grief. It may be one of your first encounters with death. It is certainly something you never forget. This book deals with feelings, anger, guilt, questions, withdrawal, reaching out, dads, couples, relationships, statements that hurt and memorializing the baby.

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By Rick Wheat. A note from Rick: Both of you face a lot of confusion and pain. You need to prepare for it. Your wife has some tough days ahead of her that you may not understand. As her husband, you’ll share her struggles. However, sharing her pain won’t be easy. You have your own pain to bear as you grieve the loss of this baby. Rick talks to men about difficult things, anger and grief.

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For parents experiencing fetal loss. When you have a miscarriage you have a very real and powerful grief. It may be one of your first encounters with death. It is certainly something you never forget. This book deals with feelings, anger, guilt, questions, withdrawal, reaching out, dads, couples, relationships, statements that hurt and memorializing the baby.

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For Couples Whose Baby Died by Marcie Lister and Sandra Lovell. This compact book covers ideas from the memorial service to talking together, information on how men and women grieve differently, and how to strengthen your relationship after the loss of your baby.

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A guide for parents whose child dies before birth, at birth, or shortly after birth

Available in English and Spanish.

By Pat Schweibert, RN and Paul Kirk, MD

This sensitive booklet is a help to families during the early days of their grief. It helps answer questions and prepare parents for the days ahead. It can be given to parents at the first acknowledgment of their baby’s death to help them best use the short time they’ll have with their little one. Among topics covered are: collecting keepsakes; ways to celebrate the birth and death of a baby; reasons for seeing, holding and naming a dead baby; emotions common to bereaved parents; information about autopsies; where to find help; and the unique situations of fathers, siblings, and grandparents. Contains beautiful poetry.

Product code is WHMO

ISBN: 978-0-9615197-0-4

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English: When Hello Means Goodbye. A Guide For Parents Whose Child Dies Before Birth, At Birth Or Shortly After Birth by Perinatal Loss/GriefWatch. Includes Feelings, Physical Symptoms, Naming Your Baby, Autopsies, Funeral Homes, Friends, and comforting poems.

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100 Practical ideas for Parents and Families–Compassionate advice and simple activities to help you through your grief by Alan Wolfelt and Raelynn Maloney. The stillbirth of a hoped for child is an inexplicable loss of hopes and dreams of a new life. The impact of this overwhelming loss is profound and life changing. This compassionate guide contains 100 practical ideas teach about the principles of grief and mourning.

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100 Practical ideas for Parents and Families–Compassionate advice and simple activities to help you through your grief by Alan Wolfelt and Raelynn Maloney. The miscarriage of a hoped for child is an inexplicable loss of hopes and dreams of a new life. The impact of this overwhelming loss is profound and life changing. This compassionate guide contains 100 practical ideas teach about the principles of grief and mourning.

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by Pat Schwiebert, RN

Gives practical information for a couple facing grief following a miscarriage.

Written in the style of When Hello Means Goodbye, this sensitive booklet gives practical information for a couple facing grief following a miscarriage. This booklet will validate those who will be deeply affected by the loss, as well as those who will move quickly through their grief. Helpful medical information and grieving tips are included.  

Also available in Spanish

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A book of prayers for families who have lost a small infant to stillbirth or early infant death. By Norman Hagley, D.Min. Includes: A Mother’s Prayer, A Prayer for Hope, A Father’s Prayer, A Prayer for a Very Young Child, also Prayers for Caregivers and Inner Strength.

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Miscarriage
Miscarriage

(MISO)

A Shattered Dream by Sherokee Ilse.

Those who have suffered a miscarriage will find medical and emotional support on possible causes, medical terminology, choices, decisions, common questions and concerns, grandparents, siblings, friends and family, plus coping ideas and taking care of yourself.

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By Deborah Davis. When your baby dies before birth, you experience an extraordinary grief. You never get to hear your baby’s voice nor see life in your baby’s eyes. Still, your baby lived. Your baby came into this world. Your baby’s existence is important and real. This small book offers tailored information and support for parents experiencing the early hours, days, and weeks that follow the death and birth of their beloved baby. Stillbirth is always a devastating shock, a heartbreaking collision of birth and death that leaves parents helpless. In this accessible book, you will find comfort and ideas for affirming and honoring your precious baby’s life.

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Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah Davis, Ph.D. Offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair after such tragedy. Encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. Includes information about multiple birth, fathers, relatives, friends and other support persons. You are not alone.

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Sherokee Ilse covers all the feelings, fears and fantasies that arise, and adds a lot of easy to read and helpful information on physical reactions. There are practical suggestions and support for parents during this time.

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Brazos Vacios is the Spanish version of Empty Arms. It is a unique and encouraging book that reaches out to all who have been touched by infant death or miscarriage. It is the first written material newly bereaved parents should turn to when they learn their baby has died. With compassion and sensitivity, the author, who has been there herself, offers practical suggestions and support for the decision-making at the time of the loss and in the days and months that follow. Contains an excellent bibliography and resource section

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Another Baby? Maybe. . . Thirty Questions on Pregnancy After Loss. Written with Maribeth Doerr, Founder of Pen-Parents. Addresses frequently asked questions about subsequent pregnancies such as, How long do I need to wait to try again? What if I can’t get pregnant again? and When the baby is born will I finally be happy?

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Addresses the issue of facing the loss as a single parent, feeling lonely, guilt and shame, envy and jealousy, pressure from others, relationship issues, other issues that may be affecting you, dealing with your grief, building support, coping skills, and dating again.

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Authors Joann O’Leary, PhD, and Clare Thorwick, RN

Few people understand the conflicting emotions that surface during a subsequent pregnancy nor that these feelings are normal, given your life experience. Embracing the life of a new baby can be daunting when others may not understand you are still a parent of a baby who died. This booklet is a compilation of families’ experiences.

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by Pam Vredevelt

With the warmth and compassion of a Licensed Professional Counselor and writing as a mother who has suffered the loss of a baby and a sixteen-year-old son, Pam Vredevelt offers sound answers and advice. As an expert in love and loss, Pam gives reassuring comfort to any woman fighting to maintain stability and faith in the midst of devastating heartbreak.

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Expecting Sunshine tells the story of a mother, Alexis Marie Chute, who set out to rediscover her identity – not only as a parent but as a woman and artist – after her son Zachary died in her arms at birth. The memoir’s clever structure mirrors the gestation of Alexis Marie’s subsequent pregnancy; the book beginning with conception followed by three sections, the three trimesters.

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Sara Rich Wheeler and Margaret Pike

Helps with funeral planning, practical issues, deaths of all ages of children, men and women’s grief, phases of mourning, caring for yourself and unfinished business. “It doesn’t matter if your child was the tiniest infant or one who grew to adulthood and even old age. It is the relationship with your child that forms these powerful emotions.”

ISBN10: 1-56123-052-9 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-052-5

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By Dorothy Ferguson -- A Centering Corporation Resource

For parents of stillborn infants or those who die shortly after birth. Features a journal for feelings, memorable dates, pictures, place for mementos, last moments, and your story: the day you were born. 24 pages that includes gentle poems.

Also available in Spanish

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(Spanish version of Little Footprints)

By Dorothy Ferguson -- a Centering Corporation Resource

For parents of stillborn infants or those who die shortly after birth. Features a journal for feelings, memorable dates, pictures, place for mementos, last moments, and your story: the day you were born. 24 pages that includes gentle poems.

Also available in English

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"Live in the hearts of those who love them." Lovingly done by AMEND. Includes journal pages, funeral information, birth/death certificate, and pictures. 12 pages.

Also available in Spanish

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Special Babies -Live in the hearts of those who love them. Lovingly done by AMEND. Includes journal pages, funeral information, birth/death certificate, and pictures. 12 pages.

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By A Place To Remember. A soft cloud cover with places for you to write keepsake memories about the mother, father, pregnancy months, how the name was chosen, service information and pictures.

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A Memory Book. A beautiful memory book for families who have experienced the tragic death of a baby during the third or late second trimester, stillbirth or early infant death. Includes special sections for mementos, photos, hand and foot prints, certificates and more.

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Spanish Edition of We Hold You In Our Hearts–A Memory Book

A beautiful memory book for families who have experienced the tragic death of a baby during the third or late second trimester, stillbirth or early infant death. Includes special sections for mementos, photos, hand and foot prints, certificates and more.

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A Guide for the Father whose Baby has Died from Perinatal Loss/GriefWatch. Designed to provide men with some emotional and spiritual support for the family while giving information about men and grief. Includes: taking care of yourself, how men grieve, going back to work, anger, and your next pregnancy.

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For Fathers Who Have Experienced the Death of a Child

Gives permission to feel and cry.

4-page handout

also available in Spanish

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Remembering Our Baby

A workbook for children whose brother or sister dies before birth by Patti Keough. Includes pages for writing and drawing to help share thoughts and feelings. Begins with finding out about the new baby in the family, finding out about the death, questions, and things to do to remember the baby. Ages 4-9.

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Written after Ray and Jody Goldstein’s daughter, Jess, died at age nine months. Simple and easy for children to understand. For siblings who had baby at home. Sometimes when I talk about Jess, Mommy cries. I’m scared that my talking makes her cry. Mommy smiles. She says I don’t need to be afraid of her tears. I can talk about Jess all I want to. Ages 3-6.

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By Pat Schwiebert and illustrated by Taylor Bills. Expresses the excitement and anticipation children have while waiting for their new sibling to arrive, and the sudden, life-changing nature of an unexpected loss. Narrated by a young boy who shares his and his family’s disappointment and grief over the loss of their baby.

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No New Baby
No New Baby

(NNBC)

By Marilyn Gryte -- A Centering Corporation Resource

Grandma took hold of my hand. She leaned over and picked something up off the ground. ‘See this little bud?’ she asked. ‘It was supposed to keep growing and turn into a flower. But it didn’t, and no one knows why. Most little buds become flowers, but some don’t. This one died. It will never be a flower now.’ I held the little bud in my hand. ‘Just like our baby,’ I said. Grandma explains you’re not to blame and we don’t always have answers.

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Author of "We Were Gonna Have A Baby, But We Had and Angel Instead." It explains in a gentle way the parents desire for a child and the sadness that comes over them when that baby dies. It then shares how the parents, with the help of the baby, get to the point of wanting another child to come into their lives. Recommended age level is 2 years old and up.

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2nd Edition

by Shari Morash, BIS

Living in a culture that does not discuss death, grief, and loss, Shari opens the door to acknowledgement. Sometimes, the simple knowing that you are not alone is enough to keep your sanity during a time of sadness.

In addition to sharing her own story, this short book is filled with practical information and resources to support you and your family.  Whether you are a bereaved parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend, this book can be part of your healing journey.  It will help you reflect on your own losses and what you need to heal.

Product code is LVYO

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A Story of Love and Grief Shared by Thumpy the Bunny. Thumpy shares the hurt and questions when his sister dies. This story provides an opportunity for children and adults to express their emotions and learn about life, death, grief and love. Mother looked very sad as Father explained that Bun died because something was wrong with the way she was made. Bun was not strong enough for life in the world.

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Thumpy’s Story-A Story of Love and Grief Shared by Thumpy the Bunny. Thumpy shares the hurt and questions when his sister dies. This story provides an opportunity for children and adults to express their emotions and learn about life, death, grief and love. Mother looked very sad as Father explained that Bun died because something was wrong with the way she was made. Bun was not strong enough for life in the world.

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By Cathy Blanford. This book is designed especially for children between the ages of two and six whose families have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. The simple, clear story helps the child to understand what has happened, to deal with all of the feelings that are arising, and to continue to feel loved and secure.

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Un libro para niños y padres que han sufrido la péridida de un embarazo

by Cathy Blanford

This book is designed especially for children between the ages of two and six whose families have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. The simple, clear story helps the child to understand what has happened, to deal with all of the feelings that are arising, and to continue to feel loved and secure.

Also available in English

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By Christine Jonas-Simpson. This book takes the parents and young children through the journey of deep sorrow and loss of a baby brother or sister from the moment of expectation of meeting them to the despair of knowing they passed, to the joy of reconnecting with them in another way. This story is about living and feeling the deep loss of a baby as well as transforming this precious loss through connecting and creating new relationships.

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After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse, Linda Hammer Burns and Susan Erling Martinez. A practical guide, this booklet helps parents understand their surviving children’s needs while assisting the siblings to grieve and cope well after their brother’s or sister’s death.

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A Centering Corporation Resource

This 8-page pamphlet has been written for individuals who find out, through prenatal diagnosis, that their fetus has an abnormality, and choose to terminate the pregnancy. It was written by professionals in the Baltimore-Washington area who are involved with Beyond Prenatal Choice, a support group. The purpose of this pamphlet is to provide some guidance and sup[port for the days and weeks ahead. Nothing can take away the pain and grief you are feeling, but perhaps the information contained in these pages can help you know what to expect and can provide you with some resources to help make your experience less difficult.

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An excellent resource for bereaved grandparents including information about how to help your child, what not to say and what to say instead, gifts to give, taking care of yourself, multiple loss, friends, faith and talking with your grandchildren, and touching poetry throughout.

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After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse and Lori Leininger. A practical exploration of the anguish, sorrow and sense of helplessness that grandparents feel when their beloved grandchild dies. Information is shared to aid grandparents as they attempt to comfort and support their children.

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An 8-page handout for grandparents wanting to help their children while grieving themselves. Talks about grief, what you can do to help and holidays.

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100 Practical Ideas After Your Grandchild Dies. Compassionate advice and simple activities to help you through the loss of a grandchild.

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For Teen Mothers by Connie Nykiel. This booklet was written especially for teen mothers to help them learn about grief and the grief process. Includes medical definitions, information for the baby’s father, friends and family, grandparents, taking care of yourself, answers to frequently asked questions; includes a page to write a letter to the baby and a resource page.

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For Mothers who are choosing an adoption plan. By Maureen Connelly. This lovely book is one you want if you work with young mothers choosing an adoption plan. Includes Decisions, Mementos, Naming, Saying Goodbye, A Letter to Baby, and Adoptive Parents. Includes a healing service for giving a child in love.

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A Gentle Guide To What you Can Do When Your Baby Dies by M.L. Eddy and Linda Raydo. Includes: First things to do, deciding on a service, visitation, burial, your other children, grandparents, and other helpful resources.

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By Sherokee Ilse and Susan Erling Martinez

Complete information about announcement options, samples of announcements/obituaries, release forms, laws, making decisions, choosing a funeral home, miscarried babies, service ideas and sample readings.

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A Resource in Planning Farewell Rituals When A Baby Dies by the National Share Office. Third Edition. There are sections for planning religious as well as secular services that can be used by hospitals, groups, congregations or individuals. Prayers, scripture, readings and other resources are included to assist in meeting individual circumstances. Even includes stories and examples from bereaved parents. The most complete guide for use when planning a memorial or funeral for a baby.

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By Jane Heustis & Marcia Meyer Jenkins Foreword by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Written by seasoned support nurses, outlines a framework for bereavement care in the obstetrical arena. Describes loss from the family’s perspective, defines the caregiver’s role, offers bedside strategies and reviews the work of mourning in the weeks and months after.

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Stillbirth
Stillbirth

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BWSE

Supportive, caring information about the reality of the loss, things to do before you leave the hospital, making memories, funeral planning, other children and caring for yourselves.

8-page handout

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Miscarriage
Miscarriage

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8-page handout

Talks about the feelings you have after a miscarriage, as a couple, or a single parent, your other children and family. Includes special terms and moving on.

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Spanish version of Fathers Grieve Too

Para Los Padres Que Han Experimentado la Muerte de Un Hijo

Gives permission to feel and cry

4-page handout

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Spanish version of Being With Parents After Their Child or Baby Dies

Practical, caring tips for friends, family and caregivers

4-page handout

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Practical, caring tips for friends, family and caregivers

4-page handout

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For parents and families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death and are now expecting a baby.

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For parents making difficult decisions about babies they love

by Pineapple Press

4th Edition

Information on factors in the decision making process, continuing the pregnancy, interrupting the pregnancy, taking control, the hospital experience, couples healing together-healing apart, the days and weeks afterward, and the months and years that follow.

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~Para los padres que están tomando decisiones difíciles del bebé que aman.

by Pineapple Press

4ta edición

Information on factors in the decision making process, continuing the pregnancy, interrupting the pregnancy, taking control, the hospital experience, couples healing together-healing apart, the days and weeks afterward, and the months and years that follow.

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*** SPECIAL SALE - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST - ONLY 2 LEFT - 50% OFF ***

by Lori B. Leo

On August 13, 2000, just months after her honeymoon, Lori suffered her first miscarriage. After four miscarriages in less than two years, she struggled to find peace each day. As she suffered in silence with her grief, she was determined to find comfort and hope. Lori’s passion for horses and her faith helped her escape the emotional turmoil only to discover how these passions assisted her journey to healing. This realization exposed her to a new world she may otherwise have never known. Her tenacious desire to have a child led her to appreciate the beauty and gift of adoption as well as experience the instant unconditional love that you can feel for a child.

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Margaret H. Gerner (a bereaved grandparent)

Original Illustrations by Glenda Dietrich

Grief is the normal reaction to a loss.  Actually, we experience grief throughout our lives.  A pet dies.  A friend moves away.  Our children go off to college.  We lose a job.  We grieve these losses, but we don’t always realize that’s what we are doing.  With a grandchild’s death, we face one of life’s most painful griefs.

ISBN10: 1-56123-002-2 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-002-0

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una guia para padres sufriendo un malparto

por Pat Schwiebert, RN

Practical information for those who have suffered through an early pregnancy loss

Written in the style of When Hello Means Goodbye, this sensitive booklet gives practical information for a couple facing grief following a miscarriage. This booklet will validate those who will be deeply affected by the loss, as well as those who will move quickly through their grief. Helpful medical information and grieving tips are included. 

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by Sherokee Ilse

Blighted ovum, ectopic and molar pregnancies are often misunderstood. They are shocking, unexpected and medically complicated. They signal the end of the pregnancy and the death of many hopes and dreams. Unsupported Losses: Ectopic Pregnancy, Molar Pregnancy, and Blighted Ovum is a short, informative resource that explains what happens during these pregnancies and examines a family's emotional responses. Author Sherokee Ilse has consulted with physicians to present basic facts and she offers practical suggestions on how to cope. (A Place To Remember, 5/12"x81/2",  23 pages)

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by Sherokee Ilse, Inez Anderson and Mary Funk

This twenty page booklet, is a guide for teaching new mothers how to care for themselves after their baby dies. Its main focus is the physical area of healing, but emotional and spiritual aspects are also discussed in some depth. Hospitals and clinics will want to give this to mothers as soon as possible.

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edited by Amy L. Abbey

Not all pregnancies end with a healthy child going home from the hospital in the arms of its happy parents. There is a little recognized reality that many pregnancies end in predelivery death in utero. There are numerous reasons for such tragedies, but often the loss is unexplainable. Amy L. Abbey has gathered the stories of almost a dozen families, and shares how the families coped with loss and went on to have successful pregnancies.

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An 8-page handout for talking with children about grief and loss.

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A Centering Corporation Resource

These decisions take great strength. With gentle support we deal with loss, hopelessness, relating to others and community resources. If you decide to continue your pregnancy, if you decide to terminate this book offers support.

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by Sherokee Ilse

This sensitive book offers a comprehensive discussion of the options available to prospective parents after hearing bad results from prenatal testing. The pros and cons of both termination and continuing the pregnancy are presented in a non-judgmental way, offering families information and reassurance that they must do what is right for themselves. Quotes and stories from people who have both continued and ended the pregnancy are included, clearly showing that neither choice is easy and neither one offers a short cut. Both are painful and life altering. Too often family, friends and even medical caregivers may put on pressure about what they think would be best. The big question is, 'Which decision is the one that you can live with for the rest of your life.' Excellent resource list and bibliography are included. Families are encouraged to read this guide at the time of their decision-making, before they make a permanent choice.

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by Grief Watch

A warm, huggable friend to hold for comfort. Heat this flannel-covered friend in the microwave for three minutes and have a cuddly, soothing friend to hold. A comfee doll is helpful for an irritable or ill youngster, or for the child in all of us when our arms ache to hold on. Will stay warm for up to an hour. Contains flax and calming lavender.  Weighs 2.5-3 pounds each.

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by Amy Kuebelbeck

This memoir is the true story of parents who were told that their unborn baby had an incurable heart condition, confronting them with an impossible decision: to attempt risky surgeries to give their baby a chance at a longer life, or to continue the pregnancy and embrace their baby's life as it would unfold, from conception to natural death. The unforgettable journey that ensued would change not only their lives, but also the lives of everyone who came in contact with them. The book also addresses larger issues including questions about heroic medicine; attitudes and practices regarding pregnancy and infant loss; and new dilemmas created by advances in prenatal testing, including what to do if a test reveals a fatal problem. Waiting with Gabriel has become a premier resource for families in this situation as well as families who have lost a baby under other circumstances, and it is now being used by hospitals and clinics across the U.S. and Canada. Also available as an e-book in Italian, titled "Aspettando Gabriel."

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by Robin Lentz Worgan

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan deemed October National Pregnancy and Infant Loss month.  That date was almost 30 years ago and already 20 years ago I lost my darling, silent Margaret to stillbirth.

When I look back to that many years ago, I feel happy about the progress that has been made to raise awareness about baby loss as well as to create various ways to better support parents of infant and pregnancy loss. When I gave birth to Margaret, there were no birth certificates for stillborn babies, but now there are.J There were no inventions to allow families to hold babies for a long amount of time.  Margaret had to be pried out of our arms after a short two hours holding her, but now with the invention of the cuddle cots, a cooling system that helps preserve the skin of the babies while their parents grieve, that time can be lengthened up to 4 days. These cuddle cots are being bought as fundraisers and installed in hospitals here as well as overseas. They allow the parents to share their baby with other family members including siblings and grandparents and they allow the parents to spend more time with their baby before saying a final devastating good bye.

Recently kick counting apps are being developed to help prevent stillbirth and the most exciting (and gut wrenching) research that has just come out of Australia is the possible development of a test that could alert doctors when a baby is in “grave danger.” Professor Roger Smith hopes to be able to design a test to help figure out if a mother’s placenta is aging too fast by seeing if her enzyme level is elevated.  If it is, he hopes to create something to give to her that would slow this process.  How many broken hearts would stay whole and how many little lives would be saved??

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by Tim Nelson

Sixth Edition

This pocket-sized book is for men who experience the death of their infant child -- whether it be miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Meant to be a guide during the early hours and days after finding out the news of their baby's death, the book offers suggestions for communicating with medical caregivers, offering support to their partner, telling the news to other children, making funeral arrangements and taking care of themselves in a time of crisis. It goes on to talk about effective communications during the weeks and months following the loss, going to a support group, returning to the workplace, and the issues surrounding a subsequent pregnancy.

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