Miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and infant loss are something that many families experience. However, resources available to talk about the grieving process are sometimes few and far between. People experience this grief in a myriad of ways, and it can be hard to know exactly what someone might need when coping with the loss. Here are five books recommended by The Stay Strong mom followers to help cope with the loss and deal with the grief following a miscarriage, pregnancy loss, or infant loss:
“Not Broken is a comprehensive, evidence-based but easy-to-read guide for anyone who wants to understand all aspects of miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss. Whether you are a patient struggling with miscarriages or a medical provider caring for patients with recurrent pregnancy loss, you will learn something from this resource. Dr. Shahine explains not only a typical Western medicine approach to evaluation and treatment for miscarriage but also includes Eastern approaches to care, lifestyle factors that will decrease your risk of miscarriage, and the emotional impact of recurrent pregnancy loss. You will finish this book feeling more empowered to be an advocate for your care and more hopeful than ever to continue towards your family goals. ‘I have one word to describe this fabulous book: FINALLY. Women with recurrent pregnancy loss have been needing this book for years.’ – Dr. Alice Domar, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and author of Conquering Infertility and Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom”
Grieving Together is written by a couple specifically for couples, understanding that both spouses have experienced a loss and grieve differently. Drawing from Catholic tradition and teaching, Laura and Franco gently guide you through:
- The physical and emotional experiences of miscarriage – including help in making the hardest decisions
- How couples respond to grief – and how to support each other
- Turning to family, friends, and the Church – finding help and support from loved ones and your Church community
- The future after miscarriage – where to go from here as a couple
Grieving Together is the book the Fanuccis had wished for after their miscarriage. Practical resources include Scripture, prayers, and official Catholic rites. It also speaks to the unique concerns of fathers, and includes many real-life stories from couples in many different circumstances.
With vulnerability and tenderness, Adriel Booker shares intimate stories about her experiences with miscarriage to help you navigate your own grief and know you aren’t alone. She tackles complex questions about faith, suffering, and God’s will with sensitivity and clarity, devoid of religious clichés or pat answers. Ultimately, Adriel invites you to a wide-open place of grace, honesty, and genuine hope as you discover a redemption story unfolding in the shadows of your loss. She also includes practical resources for ways to help guide children through grief, advice on pregnancy after loss, and special sections for dads and loved ones.
When Eshleman lost her infant son, Lucas, it took her over a year to find support. No one really talked about it. Not her doctor, not her family. Eventually she joined a number of infant loss groups, finding that she could accelerate her own healing process by reaching out to others. Because she knows first-hand the challenges of dealing with such grief, Eshleman wanted to fill the void of information that parents need after they lose a baby so suddenly. Although a painful subject, it’s what helped her the most & she wants to help others.
In Loved Baby, author Sarah Philpott gently walks alongside women as they experience the misguided shame, isolation, and crushing despair that accompany the turmoil of loss. With brave vulnerability Sarah shares her own and others stories of loss, offering Christ-filled hope and support to women navigating grief.
This fresh and compassionate devotional offers:
- Real talk about loss
- Christ-filled comfort
- Tips to manage social media, reconnect with your partner, and nourish your soul
- Knowledge that your child is in heaven
- Strategies to walk through grief
- Ways to memorialize your loss
One in four women experiences a pregnancy loss. The grief shared by women who have experienced the pain of losing a pregnancy or a child is strong, but there are several resources out there to help. These 5 books about miscarriage and loss may help you or a friend through the grieving process.