- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Reach for the Sky (1 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3952452742
- ISBN-13: 978-3952452745
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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Surviving My First Year of Child Loss: Personal Stories from Grieving Parents Paperback – 1 Sep 2017
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The following testimonials are from parents like you who read this book during its creation.
"I can see this book becoming a companion for those who find themselves on this unimaginable path of child loss. It is a wonderful acknowledgement of all that we endure in our first year of grieving."
Carly Marie Dudley, Christian's mama
"THIS is the book I wish I'd had the first year after my son died."
Joy Borstein, Bennet's mama
"This book provides the recognition that there is no one-size-fits-all and no set timeline for healing."
April Gregoryk, Ethan's mama
"A collection of heartfelt stories from loss parents that gives an authentic look into the trials and triumphs of the first year. It is at times tender, at times raw and at times humorous with one resounding message: you are not alone."
Emily Wetherholt, Wyatt's mama
"So many stories, all different, but somehow all the same."
Jan Smith, Ben and Zach's mama
"I am not new to grief; however, this book has been amazing for me. It has helped things come to light that I didn't realize were lingering and holding me back, has allowed me to understand so much more about healing and has given me hope."
Laurel Taylor, Brianna's mama
"A book about grief, but more so a book about love."
Karen Prisco, Elizabetta's mama
"I have searched for a book that would get me, that I could relate to. I have read many, but this one is the one I was searching for all along."
Tina Sunajko, Tapio's mama
"I'm just loving this book. The grief of child loss is such a lonely journey and this book makes it less so. It's good to know other people 'get it'."
Jacqui Hellyer, Leylynne's mama
"A wonderful resource for parents and families of those who have lost a child. It is relevant to the loss of a baby or child from any point in pregnancy right up through adulthood."
Saskia Williams, Eloise's mama
"I have a feeling this is a book that I will be keeping within close reach, earmarking pages and going back to when I'm having 'one of those days' and I need a reminder that I'm truly not alone."
Katie Stern, Toby's mama
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Last evening, while reading Surviving My First Year of Child Loss, I came across a few lines in Alice Graham's piece "Loss of Self" that I connected with:
"...I read, and I wrote. I wrote to Charlie. I wrote angry letters and sad letters. I
wrote down our story. I read about other parents. I read about their beautiful children whom they had lost. I read about their heartache. I started to feel like I wasn’t alone. I took comfort in the fact there were other people who, unfortunately, knew what it felt like. They understood."
I could not stop reading these lines. It was as if I was standing in front of a mirror and someone was telling me how I felt. I have jumped around while previewing this book. Picking stories from the TOC based on how I feel that day. Every authors story in this book is different, unique, heartbreaking but as a grieving mother who has just gone through my first year without my sweet son, Toby, it's a resource I've connected with.
This book will help grieving parents, as well as their support networks, better understand the journey of parents who have lost a child.
I have a feeling this will be one (once I have a hard copy) that I will be keeping within close reach, earmarking pages and going back to when I'm having "one of those days" where I need a reminder that I'm truly not alone on this grief journey and that our children are important, each one of them, no matter how long they were with us.
If you have lost a child, I am truly sorry for your loss and send you lots of love. Buy this book, I promise it will help at least a tiny bit. Most of all, remember that we all grieve differently, be kind to yourself and do whatever it takes to get through the days.
If someone you know, has lost a child, buy this book and hand it over with a big hug and an "I am sorry for your loss, I am here if you need me".
I love how real, relatable, and heartfelt this book is. Each story reaches out to touch the reader and connect them to the supporting community of loss parents, to let them know they're NOT alone and that there is, somehow, a way to live without one or more of your children. Each story is bite-sized which allows for easy reading, so while it's emotional reading, it's not overwhelming. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has lost or knows someone who has lost a child.
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