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Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life Paperback – September 1, 2008
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In Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life, AP journalist Amy Kuebelbeck shares the heartbreaking story of the brief life of her son, Gabriel, born with a rare heart defect. Kuebelbeck and her husband learned of the problem during the second trimester of her pregnancy, when they were told that he would only live for a few days after birth. In the memoir, she recounts that he actually lived only a few hours, but explains that his life was invested with meaning for his family and the hospital staff. This is not so much a book about grief and loss as it is a testament to the importance of recognizing grace and beauty in the here and now; faced with the imminent death of their son, Kuebelbeck learned to appreciate every moment with her husband and their other children. Although the book is enriched by a strong Roman Catholic perspective, readers of any faith will connect with Kuebelbeck's tale of spiritual growth through love and bereavement.
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"A mother's goodbye kiss ... heartbreaking, life-affirming and wise." --Richard Paul Evans, bestselling author of "The Christmas Box"
"Kuebelbeck's tender voice and graceful story inspire hope for anyone beset by pain and suffering. Medicine may not be able to prevent it. God may not spare it. But love sees them through it." --John Rosengren, Denver Catholic Register
"This book should be recommended for any family who has a pregnant woman and knows that the baby will not live or for parents whose baby is dying or has died in or outside an NICU." --Carole Kenner, Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
"Although it brought me to tears, I would highly recommend this book both for families ... and also for the professionals who support them." --Perspectives in Genetic Counseling
"Exquisite and tender ... this book will walk with you, illuminating your path and comforting you with the realization that you are not alone." --Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., author of "Empty Cradle, Broken Heart"
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This book provides Amy's personal experiences as she dealt with the loss of her son. My wife felt a connection with this book and suggested I read it as well. I typically don't read books, but I found this to be very moving. The details Amy writes as she goes through the pregnancy really connected with me. The pain I feel is the same as hers and being able to read about another person's experiences makes me feel like I am not alone.
I recommend this book to everyone facing a difficult pregnancy regardless of whether it is life threatening or not. This along with her other book prepared my wife and I to cherish the few hours we had with our son and to make and collect as many memories of him as we could. So many times these situations blindsides us and we waste so much precious time dealing with everything but our baby. I am very thankful for my wife in finding these books and helping us cherish the time we had with our son instead of grieving over how little time we were given.
From other reviews I have read, I didn't take this book as a guide as to what you should do in case your child has HLHS. Every experience is different. Every individual will have access to resources that others may not. This book is her own experience and even though she decided against invasive measures to provide her son with a pain free life, this is not what she suggests to the reader. It is my belief that every parent would fight for their child and do everything they possibly could for them. However, when all measures are exhausted, is it not better to allow your child to pass peacefully in loving arms instead of alone on a table with all sorts of tubes shoved inside of them? This book is about the time we have with our children and how we should make the most of whatever time we are given.