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After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing & Hope Paperback – January 19, 2012
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About the Author
- Paperback : 132 pages
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0867169974
- ISBN-13 : 978-0867169973
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.34 x 6.5 inches
- Publisher : Servant Books (January 19, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #341,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Karen Edmisten has created a beautiful treasury of words to comfort grieving parents. She shares the stories of her own miscarriages and she has collected stories from other parents. Also beautiful poems and prayers, passages from scripture and other quotes. Karen has a knack of picking just the right words and weaves them into a beautiful tapestry. This is not a sugar-coated book. Some of the stories are raw. I had thought I was done grieving but I found that as I read my tears flowed again and again. Apparently grief was not done with me.
I recommend this book not only to parents who have lost a child but to friends and family who feel at a loss in supporting them in their grief. I also recommend it to nurses, doctors, counselors, anyone who will come into contact with women who have miscarried. During and after my own miscarriage I found that often the medical professionals did not know how to provide words of comfort and spiritual healing.
In the interests of full disclosure I should mention that Karen was kind enough to include in this book a short poem that I wrote that was inspired by my own miscarriage. It is a privilege to be included in this beautiful collection and I hope and pray that this volume will bring comfort and healing to many mothers and fathers who are grieving.
After having five miscarriages, Edmisten herself has experienced a range of emotions and put these into a short but thorough resource for Catholic women after pregnancy loss. It is a blessing to read others' experiences and realize that the strange new emotions I was feeling are actually "normal" for the context. Reading through the various pieces by women (and a man) who have "been there" made me feel much less alone, especially since I have very few people in my daily life who have had a miscarriage. I found myself relating to most of the passages, and even those I did not personally find connection with helped me understand how others' grieving processes may differ from my own. I found the book to be very nurturing and uplifting, free of platitudes and generalizations.
My only critique of this book is of a poem it contains that referred to a baby having a "pair of wings". Many of the resources I've encounter talk about "angel babies", a concept that is not consistent with my Catholic faith (angels and humans are separate beings, one cannot become the other), and I was very much looking forward to reading a specifically Catholic resource that would not include that reference. Obviously, that one poem can be easily overlooked and didn't stop me from giving the book five stars.
Though written specifically for Catholics, most of the books should be helpful to Christians of all denominations and I would recommend it as a gift to give a friend who has recently experienced a loss. I have, in fact, sent it to three women who have undergone a miscarriage in the past two months since reading it myself.
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Thank God for Karen's book. It has certainly helped me deal with things practically, emotionally and to start to deal with things spiritually. I cannot recommend it enough. It's probably good that the book is physically small. It is smaller than I thought but it means it fits into my handbag and I know it's there whenever I have a moment or need to read a verse again. It is exactly what I needed. Each chapter is brief and in a way it needs to be to give you time to process all that's in it. It is filled with beautiful pieces from other women who have miscarried; some multiple times and some for the first; some years and years on and some women whom it has happened to only recently. Apart from these individual testimonies and excerpts from her own journals, it is full of little bits of practical advice as well as beautiful poems and quotes and verses. It is a very raw book and tears flow freely. But it is good and part of the healing process to cry.
I know that this is a book I will turn to again and again as the waves of grief continue to wash over me. Sometimes they are like a tidal wave and I can barely breathe much less explain what I am feeling. But with this book maybe I don't have to find the words because Karen has done so for me.
This book was just what I needed at the time.
Chapters are short, making it easy to read in small doses.
The book consists of other women's stories, bible quotes,
and interesting facts about miscarriages (healthwise and spirituality wise).
Stories were relatable/pertinent and some were eye opening.
Facts were helpful regarding things that could be done to help find closure.
This book would help anyone who's had a miscarriage and
anyone who would like to better understand how the loss of a baby afftects a person.
A real helpful guide.