Books for Adults

A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss – Guidance and Support for You and Your Family
(Revised and Updated 2nd Edition), by Ingrid Kohn and Perry-Lynn Moffitt, 2000

This book discusses several types of pregnancy loss. The authors delve into how mothers and fathers may experience the loss differently and how their relationship may change. In addition, the physical, emotional and logistical challenges encountered by many who experience pregnancy loss is elaborated upon, including a discussion on how to communicate about the loss to other children and loved ones.

Couple Communication After a Baby Dies: Differing Perspectives
By Sherokee Ilse and Tim Nelson, 2008

This book provides bereaved parents encouragement and advice on communication after the loss of a baby. The authors discuss how loss of a baby can profoundly change a relationship and give specific strategies that couples can use when facing these changes together.

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Revised Edition: Surviving the Death of Your Baby
By Deborah L. Davis, 1996

This book offers reassurance to parents who struggle with anger, guilt and despair after loss. This book covers many different types of losses and reflects on complexities such as the death of one or more babies from a multiple gestation, stillbirth, and the decision-making regarding pursuing aggressive medical intervention. Partners and other support persons may also gain valuable insight into the grief process following intrauterine loss.

Grieving the Child I Never Knew: A Devotional for Comfort in the Loss of Your Unborn or Newly Born Child
By Kathe Wunnenberg, 2015

This devotional collection was written as a warm and comforting companion to mothers who have lost a child during pregnancy or early infancy. It includes passages and prayers from scripture, reflection questions, and space for journaling.

I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy
By Angie Smith, 2010

Written by two parents who experienced the loss of their child, this book tells the story of a family’s time of grief and healing. Using the story of Lazarus, this book writes from a biblical perspective, showing that there can be hope and joy in a time of mourning.

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss
By Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen, 2005

This illustrated book tells the story of Grandy, a wise woman who makes tear soup in order to help her cope with her grief. She describes how some of her neighbors give her what she needs for her soup and others are not able to do so. The book shows how people grieve differently and require different types of support. This book is recommended for older children, teenagers and adults who have experienced a loss.

Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other Pregnancy Loss
By Kim Kluger-Bell, 2000

This book shares many in-depth stories of those who have experienced losses, and discusses strategies to address mourning and special rituals. This book identifies the common stages of grief that women and men experience after the loss of a wanted pregnancy.

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Loss Resources

If you have experienced a loss in pregnancy or loss of a child, we hope you’ll find these resources helpful to you during this difficult time.

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Perinatal Palliative Care and Bereavement

CHOP offers perinatal palliative care services to support families who learn that their baby is at high risk of dying either before or shortly after birth.