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The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child
The death of a child is like no other loss. The Worst Loss will help families who have experienced this to know what they are facing, understand what they are feeling, and appreciate their own needs and timetables.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by Holt Paperbacks
(first published October 1994)
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This is one of the books that brought solace during period of grief and mourning after my baby had died at birth in 1993 and the following four miscarriages. There's nothing like recognition of what you've gone through/ are going through yourself... People in mourning can use all the help they can get. Parents who have lost an infant benefit from books that acknowledge their loss as substantial.
Grieving is hard work - unavoidable. For parents: take care of yourself, give yourself time, reach out to others. Timetable varies but generally will take four years before life feels like it is on track. Meaningful references: impact on family as a whole, parents, siblings (based on age), rough timetable, tasks to work through while grieving, specific chapters dealing with various types of death (stillbirths/infant deaths, terminal illness, accidents, murders, suicides).
I work with grief a lot as I am a sculptor who creates memorial for cemeteries and prayer gardens. Often they are of children. I would recommend this book to any of my clients and would highly recommend it as reading for anyone who is in grief or knows someone who is going through this.