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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.
"...a source of comfort to people who have experienced such a tragedy." -- Sun SentinelSee all Editorial Reviews
This has been helpful with our recent loss. It's nice seeing that we're not alone in the grief.Published 4 months ago by Renee Loeb
When your looking to see if your grief is normal or ways to cope or to get motivation from other people's stories, u should read this book! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ashley
I am a clinical psychologist who just finished reading "A Silent Sorrow" to deepen my understanding of the many complex grieving issues involved in mourning the loss of a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jennifer May, Ph.D.
because buying it means you need it. I am so sorry. There is no book that will make it better and no words that will heal. The book is good at what is does. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Shannon Anderson
This book is incredible helpful for anyone who has dealt with pregnancy loss, or knows someone who may be going through pregnancy loss. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Jamie C
I was given this book after my son died at 5.5 months and it helped me feel less alone in my grief. My son is survived by his twin sister, and while the book only addressed some of... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Christine B. Whelan
The book addressed a number of things. The medical part is the big, thorough part of the book, but emotional comfort and help with grief, was third rate. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Megan Austin
Loved that this book made me feel sane after my pregnancy loss. But, if I had read this first then I would be paranoid about the ectopic pregnancy I suffered. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Charlie Brett