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Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother Paperback – October 15, 2013
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Sunshine After the Storm is an amazing answer to aide in the struggle to survive. With heartfelt stories on many of the various topics and issues mothers face, you will feel surrounded by others who 'get it.' ~Sherokee Ilse, author of Empty Arms.
A vital resource for anyone who has experienced these kinds of losses and those who love them."
- Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist and writer specializing in women's reproductive health
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"There is no other book out there like this for grieving mothers. Not only do these mothers share their stories, but they also provide hope, encouragement, and ideas to help other mothers who are struggling through their pain." ~Robin Bear, October15th.com
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I was hooked from the first page and read the book cover to cover in one sitting. I was completely touched by the honesty and emotion that was shared on every page. By the time I finished the book I felt like I knew all the families as well as the angel babies…
These families and these babies haunted me (but in a good way). I felt so honored to get to know these babies who never even had a chance… But by far the best part was reading an entry written by a dad. This entry really makes you look at me (and women) differently - as well as realize we really are all the same, we may just not be comfortable to admit it...
This book is filled with personal stories of loss with a touch of inspiration. Although I find that most of the subject matter is on miscarriages or multiple losses, I think this could benefit someone who has been there. The few stories on Stillbirth hit home for me and the inspiration that was given from the stories, are a blessing. I can't thank the women enough for reaching out to others and giving them hope.
Although at times this book was hard to read because of the editing, I would recommend it to any and all grieving parents. Not just the mothers. Fathers too. If a father were to read this, he could see some bits of what the mother of the baby is going through. I'd also say this is a good read for those who want to understand what a grieving parent is going through, even if the loss happened years ago.
Who should read it? Anyone who has experienced ANY loss- this goes far beyond infant & child loss. Anyone who has lost a dream of what-could-have-been, what-should-be or what-might-be. Anyone who even thinks they've had a loss; loss especially in the form of miscarriage is not always "confirmable" but the body remembers & knows- trust that, if you feel you lost something/someone, you did. Anyone who might experience loss. Anyone who has, is, or will support someone who experiences loss should read it. I wish I had this tool many times. Anyone who wants to feel human emotion profoundly should read this book. Anyone who is going to be someone else's loss someday ie. everyone dies. No matter your life & death beliefs, your religion, etc. read it. See, everyone.
After you read it, comment on my Facebook page: Natural Midwestern Blessings. Let's start a normal-life-stage-called loss, discussion. Let's lift each other up and make the world a better place one loss at a time. Just as birth/beginnings are a beautiful raw empowering experience, death/losses can be the same.
We need to talk about loss.
Love, a loss journeyer