The loss of a pregnancy affects us in so many ways, but it can be difficult to put your feelings into words. Kim Kluger-Bell’s book Unspeakable Losses dives into the concept of finding support after the loss of your baby when you don’t know quite what to ask for. Written by a therapist who experienced a miscarriage, this book provides real-time advice on getting through the day-to-day after your loss.
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Processing the loss of your infant child feels nearly impossible, and the author of Silent Grief knows that pain all too well. In sharing her own experience and how she relates to the statistics of child loss, Clara Hinton send he clear message to readers that they are not alone in their silent grief.
When a parent experiences the shocking loss of a child, there can be so many questions raised about how to cope. In Hannah Lothrop’s book for parents in these circumstances, she uses both her training as a psychologist as well as her own experience with miscarriage, or perinatal loss, to provide insight to readers seeking direction. This book and many more on our shelves can be a comfort to you today.
In the first hours and days after the loss of a baby, Empty Arms by Sherokee Ilse is a resource that will cradle your family in its pages and guide you through the choices you are given to make. When the author and her husband lost their infant son, Brennan, they saw the need for a resource that answers the questions we may not even know to ask. Never hesitate to reach for this book if you need it or pass it along to a friend who might benefit from Ms. Ilse’s grace and wisdom.
After the loss of a child, you may not have the bandwidth to read a dense book. Anne McCracken’s A Broken Heart Still Beats is an easy-to-digest compilation of poetry, fiction, and essays, each written by a parent who has lost a child. These pieces of will touch your broken heart and remind you that your broken, or shattered, heart still beats.
When author Gail Griffith’s teenage son attempted suicide, their entire family’s lives were forever changed. Rather than thinking about life’s trivial conundrums, Gail was thrown into a life-or-death race to save her son’s life by getting him the right help. For any parent navigating a child with suicidal ideations, this resource is a source of hope and comfort to accompany your treatment journey.
Author Christopher Lukas has experienced loss to suicide in his family several times over, and in his book Silent Grief he shares the many facets that are involved with a disenfranchised loss like suicide. Personal stories from others who have lost a loved one to suicide are paired with expert guidance from psychologist Henry Seiden as the reader learns ways to overcome the feelings of shame, confusion, and guilt that can accompany a suicide loss.
A leader in the field and someone that the team at Olivia’s House has studied under, Kay Redfield Jamison penned Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide from the perspective of a scientist who has dealt with lifelong mental illness. By combining a historical, scientific, and personal perspective on the matter, Jamison can help readers understand some of the history of the epidemic of suicide.
When Iris Bolton’s son died by suicide, she began a journey of healing that encapsulated the full spectrum of life, death, and how all things are connected in this world. My Son, My Son is a personal story of the tragedy her family experienced, as well as the questioning and healing that came in the aftermath of her loss. This is one of our favorite resources, and Olivia’s House has professional connections with both author Iris Bolton and her colleague, Atlanta-based suicide specialist, Elaine Alpert!
As the premiere resource on sibling survivors of suicide, Michelle Linn-Gust’s book Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? is a look into the aftermath of the author’s younger sister to suicide. Providing the unique perspective of how this grief affects members of the family differently, Gust also discusses growing up in a bereaved household, how she relates to her living siblings, and how her life has changed in the years since the loss.