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Reading List - Pregnancy and Infant Loss



GRIEF


The Grief Survival Guide: How to Navigate Loss and All that Comes With It

The Grief Survival Guide offers practical advice on everything from preparing for the eventuality of death, managing grief, how best to support family and friends, and moving forward. There is no 'one size fits all' approach so instead Jeff teaches us that the best we can do is understand, cope and survive.


Each chapter tells the story of another individual suffering a different loss. I read this while I was on leave. Reading specifically about child loss was too much for me, so reading this book gave me perspective and suggested coping skills that I could apply to what I was going through.


Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child

This book shares nine different stories of losing a child, as written by their mothers, which offers a unique kind of comfort. Rather than a textbook approach to grief and coping, this book allows readers to immerse themselves in the stories of others, and feel the support and compassion from women who have traveled a similar road.


Healing a Parent's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas

This book is a gem—honest, reasonable, compassionate. The author acknowledges that he is not a grieving parent, but rather a guide who has helped thousands of grieving parents.

Written in easy-to-read bullet points of wisdom, his approach gently and simply lets parents know they are not alone, help them feel supported and encourages them to get the support they need, and then offers many tried & true ways to help.

This book is not specifically about pregnancy loss, but more geared towards parents who have lost children of any age. The simple, empowering statements and suggestions are completely relevant, and this book is sure to be a great comfort for any grieving parent.


Healing After Loss

Written by a mother who lost her 16-year-old daughter, this book is another treasure, even though it may not be specifically about pregnancy loss. It is about healing, and the honesty she brings and the openness of her process is a wonderful help to anyone who is grieving. Written in ​one-page entries (One page for January 1st, another page for January 2nd, etc), the book is easy to read in small doses, easier for many parents to handle than a bigger textbook of grief.


I Will Carry You

This memoir shares the story of a baby diagnosed with a terminal condition before birth, and the family's struggle to cope with the overwhelming grief. This is a faith-based story that will inspire and comfort many families going through the loss of an infant.





PREGNANCY LOSS


A Silent Sorrow

This thoughtful book devoted to pregnancy loss is a wonderful resource for the entire family—mothers, fathers, grandparents, family, and friends. As a book written by health professionals, it is thorough, accurate and relevant, yet stories and quotes from grieving families throughout the book help it feel very personal and comforting.


Pregnancy After a Loss

Often parents who have lost an infant hope to try again to have children. The emotional enormity of embracing a new pregnancy after the devastating loss of a previous baby can feel overwhelming. This book gracefully weaves answers to both emotional and medical questions into an easy to read guide.


Grieving the Child I Never Knew

This faith-based devotional is a great source of comfort for families looking to process their grief and find comfort in the words of another mother who understands.





STILLBIRTH


Healing After Loss

Written by a mother who lost her 16-year-old daughter, this book is another treasure, even though it may not be specifically about pregnancy loss. It is about healing, and the honesty she brings and the openness of her process is a wonderful help to anyone who is grieving. Written in ​one-page entries (One page for January 1st, another page for January 2nd, etc), the book is easy to read in small doses, easier for many parents to handle than a bigger textbook of grief.


Pregnancy After a Loss

Often parents who have lost an infant hope to try again to have children. The emotional enormity of embracing a new pregnancy after the devastating loss of a previous baby can feel overwhelming. This book gracefully weaves answers to both emotional and medical questions into an easy to read guide.





ANTICIPATORY GRIEF


Empty Arms

Knowing that you are losing your child incites and unique kind of grief. It evokes a tumultuous set of feelings that amplify once they are gone. Grieving while your child is still with you is a heavy burden, this book can help. It is a profoundly warm and compassionate book, this is one which many readers wish that they had received before the death of their baby because it has wonderful advice for getting through the actual death and the moments surrounding that immediate time.


I Will Carry You

This memoir shares the story of a baby diagnosed with a terminal condition before birth, and the family's struggle to cope with the overwhelming grief. This is a faith-based story that will inspire and comfort many families going through the loss of an infant.





CHILD LOSS


Empty Cradle, Broken Heart

This book helps grieving parents feel less alone in the heavy burden of loss. It offers a sense of compassion and understanding that parents of young babies who have died so desperately deserve.


Healing a Parent's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas

Written in easy-to-read bullet points of wisdom, his approach gently and simply lets parents know they are not alone, help them feel supported and encourages them to get the support they need, and then offers many tried & true ways to help.


This book is not specifically about pregnancy loss, but more geared towards parents who have lost children of any age. The simple, empowering statements and suggestions are completely relevant, and this book is sure to be a great comfort for any grieving parent.


Healing After Loss

Written by a mother who lost her 16-year-old daughter, this book is another treasure, even though it may not be specifically about pregnancy loss. It is about healing, and the honesty she brings and the openness of her process is a wonderful help to anyone who is grieving. Written in ​one-page entries (One page for January 1st, another page for January 2nd, etc), the book is easy to read in small doses, easier for many parents to handle than a bigger textbook of grief.


Pregnancy After a Loss

Often parents who have lost an infant hope to try again to have children. The emotional enormity of embracing a new pregnancy after the devastating loss of a previous baby can feel overwhelming. This book gracefully weaves answers to both emotional and medical questions into an easy to read guide.


An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir

This book offers a different approach than many—it's a memoir, written by a talented author about her experience losing ​an infant. For readers who look to immerse themselves in the well-written, honest story of another who has gone through a similar loss, this book is fantastic.





FOR DADS


Grieving Dads - To the Brink and Back

To the Brink and Back is a collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two year period. The book offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, “this terrible, terrible club,” which consists of men who have experienced the death of a child. This book is a collection of survival stories by men who have survived the worst possible loss and lived to tell the tale. They are real stories that pull no punches and are told with brutal honesty.


A Guide for Fathers: When a Baby Dies

This pocket-sized guidebook is perfect for fathers needing a book just for them when dealing with the death of a baby. It offers great advice on communicating with a partner, handling the return to work, talking with other children and much more, in a short and easy read.




EXPLAINING PREGNANCY AND CHILD LOSS TO CHILDREN


Something Happened

An expert grief counsellor has created this sweet children's book, which parents treasure as a guide to helping young children get the answers they need when they are dealing with the loss of a new baby brother or sister. Sweet illustrations, sensitive wording, and clear age-appropriate explanations make this book a real gift.


Someone Came Before You

The children's book you've been looking for when you hope to explain to your living children about an older sibling who died. This faith-based book offers comfort and answers to young children who want to understand about the brother or sister they've heard of but whom they never got to meet.


We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead

This simple paperback book is an age-appropriate way for parents to share a story with young children that help explain when a baby dies. It's a short story, ideal for young children ages 2-8.


Always My Twin

Another book for children, this one tenderly tells the story of the loss of one twin while the other twin survives. This unique situation deserves its own book, and this one is honest, compassionate and thoughtful.


The Invisible String

This children's book is not at all about grief or losing a sibling, but it is a sweet and uplifting story about how we are all connected, even to those we can't see.


Parents who want stories for siblings that aren't just about grief and death, but something that will still inspire a sense of connectedness with a lost sibling, this book can be a great comfort.

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