Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Revised Edition: Surviving the Death of Your Baby

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The heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death affects thousands of U.S. families every year. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair after such tragedy. Deborah Davis encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. This book strives to cover many different kinds of loss, including information on issues such as the death of one or more babies from a multiple birth, pregnancy interruption, and the questioning of aggressive medical ...
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Overview


The heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death affects thousands of U.S. families every year. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt, and despair after such tragedy. Deborah Davis encourages grieving and makes suggestions for coping. This book strives to cover many different kinds of loss, including information on issues such as the death of one or more babies from a multiple birth, pregnancy interruption, and the questioning of aggressive medical intervention. There is also a special chapter for fathers as well as a chapter on "protective parenting" to help anxious parents enjoy their precious living children. Doctors, nurses, relatives, friends, and other support persons can gain special insight. Most importantly, parents facing the death of a baby will find necessary support in this gentle guide. If reading this book moves you to cry, try to accept this reaction. Your tears merge with those of other grieving parents.

A purpose of this book is to let bereaved parents know that they are not alone in their grief. With factual information and the words and insights of other bereaved parents, you can establish realistic expectations for your grief. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart is meant to help you through these difficult experiences by giving you things to think about, providing suggestions for coping and encouraging you to do what you need to survive your baby's death. Whether your baby dies recently or long ago, this information can be useful to you.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Empty Cradle, Broken Heart is written with great awareness and sensitivity. Deborah Davis gets it just right." -Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

"...there is comfort in these pages." -Mothering magazine

"This gentle book fills a void often overlooked how it feels to lose a baby during or shortly after pregnancy." -Booklist

"Davis speaks directly to the emotional and physical needs of bereaved parents." -Judith Lasker, author of When Pregnancy Fails

"This book is a comprehensive resource for bereaved parents and the practitioners who help them." -THANATOS, A Realistic Journal Concerning Dying, Death and Bereavement

"As the mother of a stillborn son, I find this book to be the best I've found to date (and I've read at least 20!)." -J. Walter, Pennsylvania

"The best book on this subject. I did a huge amount of reading after I lost my baby, and I can tell you that this book is head and shoulders above anything else I've read on this subject. -A. Douglas, Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555913021
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/13/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 153,643
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist and writer who specializes in the emotional aspects of coping with crisis during pregnancy and infancy, and medical ethics and decision-making during pregnancy and in the NICU. She is the author of several books for bereaved parents and parents of premature babies and has written many articles for parents and professionals.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 A Parent's Lonely Grief 1
Ch. 2 Grieving and Emotional Recovery 9
Ch. 3 Physical Recovery 21
Ch. 4 The Early Months 32
Ch. 5 Affirming Your Baby 48
Ch. 6 Painful Feelings 66
Ch. 7 Resolution of Grief 81
Ch. 8 Making Peace with Agonizing Decisions 97
Ch. 9 Especially for Fathers 111
Ch. 10 You and Your Partner 124
Ch. 11 Your Family 136
Ch. 12 Support Networks 154
Ch. 13 The Subsequent Pregnancy: Trying Again 176
Ch. 14 Coping during Subsequent Pregnancy and Birth 191
Ch. 15 Raising Subsequent Children 205
Ch. 16 Protective Parenting 220
Ch. 17 Remembering Your Baby and Moving On 235
Appendix A - A Note to Caregivers 241
Appendix B - Journal Writing: A Tool for Grieving, Healing and Growth 247
Appendix C - Resources for Bereaved Parents 251
Bibliography 257
Index 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    From a SIDS mom...

    We were given this book after the death of our 8-week old son, Ferguson. We've also acquired five other books on infant/child death, and this one has been the most helpful. There are lots of examples from parents going through similar circumstances. It's made me realize I'm not crazy - my thoughts are normal. Of all the books I've read, this is the most comforting. In fact, I've refered to some chapters over and over. I confess I'm still looking for that book or website that gives me the information I'm really looking for... but I'm not even sure what it is. Best wishes for you grieving parents out there. I hope this book helps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2005

    The almost perfect book!

    Last year I had a miscarriage, then the next pregnancy I lost twin girls. One at 8 weeks gestation and one full term who lived only one hour. This book has helped me more than I can say. I have read a few of these types of books and this one is the best! It covers everything I have felt and am feeling and will feel. This book is so comforting. It will let you let you know that what you are feeling is normal and how to deal with everything going on around you. I did not like chapter 8 though because I am anti-abortion, but other than that this is a perfect book. I would not be where I am right now if I did not have the book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    Help with healing

    This book offered alot of information and support for those grieving the loss of a child. AFter the loss of my daughter to SIDS at the age of three months I was given this book and found it to provide much needed support and guidence through the grieving process.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A excellent guide to Infant Loss of any kind

    I received this book a month or so after I lost my son when he was 13 days old. This book covers so many emotions & thoughts that I experienced & still do. The author did her research on this subject. There are stories & quotes on the experience of infant loss from mothers & fathers that lost babies from miscarriages, still-births & early infant loss. She covers the early stages of grief, ways to memorialize your baby, a how to for journaling, a father's grief, grandparents' grief, how friends can help, how first responders can help, subsequent pregnancies & more. I recommend this book to anyone who has lost a infant or anyone who knows someone that has. I still re-read this book as grief is an on-going process. Thanks Deborah L. David for writing the best book/guide I have read yet on this topic, you are truly an angel to bereaved parents like me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    Highly recommend-- helpful and comforting

    A dear friend of mine dropped this book of to me shortly after I lost my baby and said, "read if you'd like. I won't be offended if you if you choose not to." After a few days I opted to read it and I'm so glad I chose to. This book is amazingly helpful as it offers so much from grieving suggestions, reassures you that your feelings are normal, its not written with a "how you must feel or should feel" tone, has no religious point of view, and it can be read in sections that pertain to your particular situation. Throughout the book you'll find snippets of others experiences which I found comforting as some were relatable to my situation. This book is beautifully written.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    This is a book about grief for stillborn and newborn death situations, not about the details of miscarriage.

    "Preventing Miscarriage: The Good News" was much more informative for me, as I was clueless as to why and what was happening when I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Comforting

    Losing a baby is very difficult and this book helped me a little. I personally enjoyed the poems that other women wrote. Another good thing about this book is you can begin wherever you want.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    A Healing Guide

    Before the death of our daughter, April 19, 2000, we thought that babies only died during pregnancy in the olden days. At first we felt very alone, but after reading Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, we confirmed that our feelings were natural, and other parents feel the same way. By reading about, and talking to other parents who have lost babies, we began our healing process. Our feelings of emptiness for our daughter will never go away, and she will never be replaced, but she will always be in our hearts.

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