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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
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.