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Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief (Revised Edition) Paperback – September 2, 2005
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I highly recommend this book as a wonderful addition to adoption literature. -- Nancy Verrier, author
The book is far more than a sensitive account of one persons experiences: it challenges our thinking about the practices of adoption. -- Lea Stevens, MP, Member of South Australian State Parliament, April, 2000.
To lay yourself and your family out bare like that takes courage. I'm very proud of her and honoured to be called her son. -- Stephen Ferguson, natural son of Evelyn Robinson, message to Book Launch, April, 2000. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The question most often asked of women who relinquish their babies to be adopted is "how could you." Few in society have any understanding of why women relinquish their own babies to the care of others. Hence, I believe, the myth has arisen that these mothers never loved their babies and voluntarily abandoned them. In her book Evelyn Robinson carefully analyses why pefectly normal, sane women allowed their babies to be adopted. This is essential reading for all natural mothers of adopted children, adopters, adopted persons and policy makers.
Evelyn Robinson states "It is obvious that a serious loss is experienced by the women...who gave birth to children who are subsequently adopted by someone else...." She explains why the grief of these women does not diminish with time, but increases in intensity with the passage of time. Her analysis of this phenomenon releases natural mothers from their rusty shackles of shame and guilt.Read more ›
Evelyn raise the question of `acquiescence' for the natural mother and then dispels it by revealing the truth about the coercion involved in gaining consent for adoption. Evelyn also acknowledges the pain and hidden grief suffered by adopted people and lifts the veil of secrecy that surrounds adoption. She examines adoption's dark underbelly and the [idea] of silence that often works to maintain the spiritual, intellectual and physical separation between natural mother's and their children.
This book is highly recommended and a `must read' both for professionals working in the area of adoption and all of those many millions of people, worldwide, who have been touched by adoption. This book will be especially valuable to adoptive parents because it provides an account of the (often unacknowledged) experiences of birthmothers and their children. Many of these individuals have in the past, and will continue in the future, to be consumed by adoptions unresolved grief.
Thank you Evelyn Burns Robinson, your book is great!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First portion of book is the author's story leading to the events of giving up her son for adoption. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cheerio
This is a good read. This story was interesting and a page turner. Lots of love and feelings . I enjoyed this book.Published on May 22, 2014 by chester
the title made me think it would really discuss adoption and loss. the book got crosswise, too much clinical and not enough real peoplePublished on November 26, 2012 by Wadene Musgrave
I am going through a rough time with my natural mother and was looking for a book to help me figure out my feelings. It definitely helped. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by MysticFire
I have read quite a bit on the topic of adoption. I found this book to be a very good one,
especially of interest to biological mothers who relinquished babies for adoption.
First review lost. Hate that! Reading this book gives the reader a chance to begin to understand the truth about the loss and devastation on the REAL family about adoption. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by C. Powell