Life Touches Life: A Mother's Story of Stillbirth and Healing

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Although 26,000 babies are stillborn in the United States every year, stillbirth continues to be a taboo subject. Life Touches Life shatters the silence that has hidden a bane as old as humankind. Lorraine Ash met that silence head-on when, after a trouble-free pregnancy, her baby was declared dead on what was to be her date of birth. After a C-section, Ash fought a fever that raged at 104 degrees and she almost succumbed to the silent B-strep infection that had robbed her ...
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Although 26,000 babies are stillborn in the United States every year, stillbirth continues to be a taboo subject. Life Touches Life shatters the silence that has hidden a bane as old as humankind. Lorraine Ash met that silence head-on when, after a trouble-free pregnancy, her baby was declared dead on what was to be her date of birth. After a C-section, Ash fought a fever that raged at 104 degrees and she almost succumbed to the silent B-strep infection that had robbed her daughter of life.
Awed by the experience, which was to change her forever, Ash sought solace and perspective in all the old places and found little relief. In her book she tears down the walls of misunderstanding that isolated her in her hour—indeed years—of need. "Shattering the silence is essential if mothers are to integrate their loss into their daily lives," Ash writes. "A child who only existed inside her mother, can continue to spiritually exist there and the two can remain close."
Ash discusses the inner changes she faced after the stillbirth of her daughter and delves into spiritual questions that shook her soul. The final message: Epiphanies emerge from the stuff of everyday experience. Hope is here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939165506
  • Publisher: NewSage Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 828,429
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Chapter 1 The Joy of Anticipation 1
Chapter 2 A Heartbeat Away 9
Chapter 3 Holding Victoria 19
Chapter 4 In the Grip of the Fever 25
Chapter 5 Going Home 31
Chapter 6 I Am Not Alone 39
Chapter 7 The Question of God and the Great Beyond 51
Chapter 8 Divine Silence 61
Chapter 9 Insensitive People and Extraordinary Kindness 69
Chapter 10 Re-Entering the World 85
Chapter 11 Finding Peace 97
Chapter 12 A Virtual Memorial 109
Chapter 13 Getting Through the Holidays 115
Chapter 14 Let the Healing Begin 129
Chapter 15 The Difficult Land of Love and Grief 141
Chapter 16 Four Years Later 151
About Stillbirth 163
Resources 169
Acknowledgments 173
About the Author 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    A story of courage and transformation that will inspire anyone who has felt the intense pain of such a personal loss

    This is a stunning portrayal of beauty and transformation that results from the heartfelt griefwork of a truly extraordinary couple. Lorraine and Bill Ash will take you by the hand along their personal roadmap from heartbreak to heartlight as they share the intimate details of the loss of their stillborn daughter Victoria Helen Ash. There is so much to inspire in this personal account that brings a new level of appreciation for the courage and greatness of the human spirit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2004

    A Courageous and Inspiring Story

    I just finished reading Life Touches Life for the second time. Lorraine Ash's book is a candid and well-written chronicle of her grief over her stillborn daughter. But this story is more than a legacy of loss. Life Touches Life shows the transformation of loss for one human being into a new understanding of life, and how all lives, whether they be long or short, affect all of us in some way. Everyone goes through loss of some kind during their time here on earth, and all who read this book can empathize with Lorraine in their own way. This book is well worth many readings - there is something new to experience and learn on every page. I recommend it highly!

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