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Creative Acts of Healing: After a Baby Dies Paperback – September 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0967267708 ISBN-10: 0967267706 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Paseo Pr; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967267706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967267708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,702,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judith van Praag was born and raised in The Netherlands, lived in California, Amsterdam, Paris, Austin, Texas and traveled through India. She designed sets and costumes for multicultural theater companies all over Europe, was proclaimed traveling poet by the Austin Writers' League, knows how to cook international dishes for six to sixty hungry folks, grows organic vegetables and paints floors, doors, walls and canvasses. She attended writers conferences and studied among others with Morris Berman, Janice Eidus, and Robin Hemley. She makes her home with her American husband in the United States. They are the parents of Ariane Eira who died at birth.

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Judith van Praag aka the Dutchess Abroad writes about "real characters" she never or barely knew. By making up their lives she fills in a history that was lost during and in the aftermath of World War II. Her narrative takes the reader from A-Z or rather visa versa, from Zandvoort (on the North sea shore) via Haarlem, to Amsterdam and the pastoral northern provinces of the Netherlands. *** Expect mystery, lust and love in the novel "Forgiveness"(work title), a saga about a 50-year-old man who changes careers --becomes a professional artist-- for the sake of love; an intimate look at the art world, collaboration and redemption in post WWII Noord-Holland. *** "Painting for Life"(work title), is a memoir about the author's family "going back to nature" in 1962. Before long it turns out leaving "Mokum" (Yiddish for Amsterdam) for a farm at the crossroads of three provinces does not mean memories of a troubled past stay behind. *** "Tell All Who Knew Me Goodbye" is a memoir about the gift of forgetfulness. *** In 1999 Judith published a book on infant loss, grief, and the healing power of creativity. She makes her home in Seattle with her Texan husband & talented Basenji x Terrier mutt and writes about Art, Literature and Entertainment and the writing artist's life.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Molly Haarhoff, Librarian on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is much more than a heart-breakingly honest and moving description of the agonizing months for the author after the death at birth of her daughter ARIANE. It also describes her development as an artist; her struggles to maintain a strong relationship with her husband.
Judith van Praag is so generous in sharing her feelings with us that she has created a book that will move anyone who has suffered loss--that is to say most readers. By sharing her journal, she also gives unique insight into the spirit of an artist; the joys and challenge of living a creative life.
This is a unique book which allows us to share vanPraag's grief, her determination to live the life of the artist, in short, her life. Anyone who reads this book will be enriched by it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
The author grabbed into the deepest part of my soul through her honesty, straight-forwardness, and colorful use of the English language. Not only was I moved emotionally, but given some key information on how to deal with others who face loss of a baby during childbirth. My husband and I have decided to use the information gleaned from this book in counseling and working with women who hurt after the loss of a child. It is a necessary book for doctors, social workers, ministers/pastors, counselors, mothers, and anyone desiring to be a parent. Although loss of a child through childbirth is a subject we tend to avoid, it is important for us to aid in the healing process by responding correctly to those who have faced such horror.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2003
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What the book is not:
A book of ideas to help you mourn and recover from the loss of your baby. Projects to memorialize your lost child as a way to heal. Ideas for little rituals to mourn/celebrate your baby.
What the book is:
The first part is written in journal style, being the writings of the author during the first year after the loss and commentary (made 5 yrs. later) about those entries. The second part of the book is written in narrative prose and continues relating how she and her husband coped with their loss on a long term basis.
A lot of the feelings expressed by the author of this book will be familiar to those who've lost babies (especially at or before birth), but I also found some of it (usually the parts in the Netherlands that were unlike American experience) to be irrelevant to me personally. It's still great for anyone needing to hear a voice from someone who's been there.
It's a good book, but what I was thinking it would be when I bought it was more along the lines of what I listed above in "What the book is not". I didn't really need a book to tell me my feelings about miscarriage were valid and common or what the stages of grief are. I needed some project to do or creative way to show the world my baby is/was real.
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