- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Paraclete Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557255857
- ISBN-13: 978-1557255853
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Naming the Child: Hope-Filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death Paperback – February 15, 2009
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I was disappointed in that it seemed to move toward and spend more time focusing on families who had had children born alive and then die shortly after birth, than those who had experienced miscarriage or stillbirth.
The only thing I wish had been included, would be some discussion of the ways that mothers and fathers may grieve differently when a baby dies through early-term miscarriage--that in many cases, fathers do not feel the same sense of loss because they don't have the physical connection that the mother did, and do not grasp it in a concrete way when there is no body for them to hold and make it real for them. But this isn't enough of an omission for me to take away any stars, as I feel the rest of the book compensates for that omission in so many ways.
Naming the Child is beautifully, powerfully written. Ms Shroedel finds just the right tempo, the right tone to convey peace to a subject that is filled with unrest and grief. I feel much better prepared to help a friend who miscarries or loses a young child, and believe that for someone struggling through a period of sadness, this book, with its numerous stories of those who have walked the same path, would be a timely instrument of help...