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Creative Acts of Healing: After a Baby Dies 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While the title of this book Creative Acts After A Baby Dies by Judith van Pragg clearly carves its primary and intentional audience as parents, immediate and extended family,... Read morePublished on May 19, 2008 by M. Sugimura
This book is a record of a journal of loss, told five years after the author lost her baby at birth. I found it affecting, honest, and often moving. Read morePublished on April 20, 2008 by frumiousb