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An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

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“Bereavement after the loss of a baby is often quiet and lonely,” writes Christine O’Keeffe Lafser, who has twice lost a child to death. “There is no wake or funeral, no grave site, no memorial to our baby’s life or death. . . . Since there are no real memories of our little one’s life, people have a hard time comprehending the depth of our love and grief.” In these reflec ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Loyola Press (first published September 30th 1998)
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Mar 29, 2011 Jen rated it did not like it
When I read these books, I couldn't decide if I was going to review them on Goodreads because the subject is so personal and so private. But, I review the books I read, and I read sometimes to heal. So, yes, dear Goodreads friends (virtual and for real), I was recently pregnant for the first time and lost that pregnancy just a little bit ago. May you never need these books, but if you do, please know you're not alone.

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Feb 21, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing
This book was the only thing I could read following our son's still birth. The reflections were very insightful and relatable. They were also extremely comforting and helped me cry when I needed to.
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“Some people say it is a shame. Others even imply that it would have been better if the baby had never been created. But the short time I had with my child is precious to me. It is painful to me, but I still wouldn't wish it away. I prayed that God would bless us with a baby. Each child is a gift, and I am proud that we cooperated with God in the creation of a new soul for all eternity. Although not with me, my baby lives.” 23 likes
“I am not functioning very well. Living with the knowledge that the baby is dead is painful. I feel so far away from you, God. I can only try to believe that you are sustaining me and guiding me through this. Please continue to stand by my side.” 7 likes
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