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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Servant Books (January 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867169974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867169973
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

KAREN EDMISTEN is the author of The Rosary: Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary and Through the Year with Mary: 365 Reflections, both published by Servant Books. A popular blogger and a regular guest on Relevant Radio, she is also a contributor to Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion. She lives in Norfolk, Nebraska.

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Karen Edmisten, a former atheist who converted to Catholicism at the age of 35, is a freelance writer, frequent guest on Catholic radio, and the author of The Rosary: Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary, Through the Year with Mary, After Miscarriage, and Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line. She has contributed to several other books, including Style, Sex, and Substance, Atheist to Catholic, and A Little Way of Homeschooling, as well as writing for a variety of magazines. Born on Cape Cod, Karen has lived in Washington, Alaska, Florida, and Nebraska.

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When I saw this book on line, I bought it for her.
js
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has experienced a miscarriage and even to those who have not, but are in a position of support for someone who has.
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Knowing the long journey ahead, that grief comes in waves, I put this book aside after receiving it as a gift.
Terri B!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Therese Heckenkamp on July 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this entire book mere days after my miscarriage, when the grief and devastation were still so raw and unrelenting. My heart and soul were crying for answers. I always turn to books when I need more information, but this time I needed more than information--so much more--and I found it in "After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing & Hope" by Karen Edmisten.

This book is perfectly titled. It won't give you long-winded insensitive medical theories. Instead, it addresses the all-too-often overlooked issues of how much a woman's heart and soul and faith are wounded by miscarriage. A woman needs to know she's not alone or overreacting in feeling like her world has ended, and the real-life stories in this book give you that sense of shared suffering. They helped me to wrap my mind around the hard reality, but in a completely compassionate, therapeutic way.

The connection with other women and their stories is made even deeper because we share the same faith, yet with an understanding that faith doesn't mean that miscarriage is easier for us or any less devastating. It also lets you know that that no matter what anyone may think or say, you have the right to mourn and remember your child--no matter how tiny that child, no matter how short a time your child lived. It is perfectly normal to love and miss your child beyond measure.

And as a Catholic, the fact that my baby had not been able to be Baptized before dying, hit hard. I found immense comfort in the words in this book: "[God] loves our babies even more than we are able, and the best thing we can do is to place all our trust and hope in Him. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: 'God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments' (CCC, #1257).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By figgie4ever on April 16, 2013
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I wish that I would have known just how much of the book was going to be excerpts from journals. At least half or more of the book is simply excerpts from personal journals. This wasn't really something I was interested in at all. I don't really find reading another woman's journal entries to be helpful for me, but I also had women in my life who shared their own experiences with miscarriage with me. So perhaps it would be helpful for a woman who didn't have anyone to share with.

It also seemed to focus a lot on women who had miscarriages in the past, and not women who were going through miscarriage while reading this. There's nothing wrong with this, but I got this book as soon as we found out our baby died, so I didn't find this book as helpful as I thought it would be.

I thought that it would be more concise and more organized. There seemed to be almost no organization, just a bunch of stories, facts, and journal entries put together in each random chapter. I didn't really see a progression over the book.

I was also really disappointed at the ways they addressed the Church's teachings, they were worded rather wishy-washy and difficult to fully understand. Like they mention you can have a memorial Mass said for your baby, but nothing about a funeral Mass and they mention talking to a funeral home about "services" but never mention that you have a right to a Catholic burial. I know this is being picky, but I wouldn't have known those based on how she chose to word it; I only knew because I read it online.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terri B! on May 1, 2012
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I'm a mom of 4 living children, that has recently suffered my second, 2nd trimester loss. Knowing the long journey ahead, that grief comes in waves, I put this book aside after receiving it as a gift. I picked it up around the anniversary of my first loss, and it was balm to the soul. I found myself nodding my head, tears streaming down my face, heart pierced by words I was reading, unable to utter them myself. I began to make some sense out of my sheer sorrow. This book is a go to for anyone who wants to support parents who have lost, or a requirement in a grieving ministry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on July 1, 2012
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Baby loss through miscarriage is one of the last taboo subjects in our society. Because in most cases, it is largely a hidden loss, the grief associated with it is all too often dismissed easily by people who just don't understand. Karen Edmisten and those who contributed to "After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing and Hope" are working to change that by sharing their own stories of loss.

Edmisten has suffered the pain of several miscarriages and she willingly opens her heart and the pages of her personal journal in order to help others. She also offers advice for those trying to help someone suffering through this loss. "All we really want is a friend who will sit with us and let us be what we are: sad. Let us feel what we're feeling: pain. Let us do what we need to do: cry."

These women also stand united in the belief that every life is precious, even those that never make it to their first breath. Those who carry these children, as well as those who pray for these children, are forever touched. These children are also safe in the arms of God. They never sinned. They are saints, waiting for their families to join them in heaven.

Mary DeTurris Poust speaks of the loss of a baby she named Grace: "Grace had shaped our family by her absence rather than her presence. I am very much aware that life would be very different had she lived. She managed to leave her mark on us, even without taking a breath. . . what a sorrowful and yet beautiful impact she had on us."

Edmisten also speaks of the pain of Mother's Day for those who have lost a child, especially for those who have no children in this world.
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