Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Today we want to take a moment to remember all the babies that did not have enough time with us.  Whether their time was cut short though miscarriage, stillbirth or they were lost during their infancy, each of these little ones deserves to be remembered and loved.

Here are a few titles that discuss this under-talked-about topic:

Coping with Grief: The Anti-Guide to Infant Loss by Rebecca Patrick-Howard

In the summer of 2010 Rebecca Patrick-Howard woke up and showered, not knowing that her young son had passed away in his sleep. What followed was a parent’s worst nightmare. There were no instructions on how to cope with the loss of a child. Rebecca soon discovered that dealing with the depression and sadness was just one hurdle that would have to be dealt with. None of the articles, books, and brochures she picked up warned her about the support groups that didn’t seem to have a place for her, the friends who would abandon her, the insensitive and sometimes cruel things people would say, the anxiety that a subsequent pregnancy would bring, and the financial ramifications that would stretch far beyond the cost of burial.  In Coping with Grief: The Anti-Guide to Infant Loss Patrick-Howard shares her own experiences with grief and includes the stories of others. Sometimes heart wrenching and sometimes even humorous; it covers the feelings, emotions, and experiences that can accompany losing an infant.

Right now, through the months of October and November, $5 from each paperback and $0.99 from every eBook sale is going to the Empty Arms Foundation for SIDS Research.

About the Author

Rebecca Patrick-Howard, a former Crisis Intervention Specialist, lost her 7 week old son to SIDS in 2010. A full time writer, she is the author of several non-fiction books and makes her home in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with her husband and two living children.

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Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula by Amy Wright Glenn

At the age of fourteen, Amy Wright Glenn began to question the Mormon faith of her family. She embarked on a life long personal and scholarly quest for truth. While teaching comparative religion and philosophy, Amy was drawn to the work of supporting women through labor and holding compassionate space for the dying. Amy shares moving tales of birth and death while drawing on her work as a birth doula, hospital chaplain, and her own experience of motherhood.

We are born, we die, and in between these irrevocable facts of human existence the breath weaves all moments together. "Birth, Breath, and Death" entwines story, philosophy, and poetic reflection into transforming narratives that are full of grace.

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About the author

Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught in The Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey for over a decade. While at Lawrenceville, Amy was the recipient of the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence. She is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, a DONA certified birth doula, and a hospital chaplain. Her work has appeared in International Doula. She recently published her first book: Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula.

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