What to Read About Grief, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Heartbreaking Decisions, and Parenting After Loss

 

Despite how inept our language may seem in addressing tragedy, words do have the power to rescue us. When I lost my first baby at nearly six months pregnant, I turned to others’ stories about baby loss, grief, and the difficult choices sometimes required. I needed memoir—real testimonies by real women who were surviving what felt unsurvivable. They all differ somewhat from my story, so I have written down mine as well. In the meantime, I hope this list of books, personal essays and articles, blogs, videos, and retreats helps you or someone you know. This list grows and changes; if a piece of work helped you, please contact me as I’d love to share it here.

BOOKS:

PERSONAL ESSAYS/ARTICLES:

Grief:

Miscarriage:

Stillbirth:

Heartbreaking Decisions:

Infant Loss:

Infertility/IVF/Secondary Infertility:

By/For Fathers:

Pregnancy After Loss:

Parenting After Loss:

How to Help a Bereaved Parent:

About Lorenzo:

BLOGS & SITES:

AUDIO/VIDEO:

RETREATS/COURSES:

STORIES & INFORMATION ABOUT HLHS & CHD:

HOW WE HONOR, CREATE, & HEAL:

May you be healed. May you be a source of healing for this world.

—Buddhist blessing

4 comments

  1. Jennifer, This is a comprehensive and wonderful list that you’ve collected. Thank you for including among these resources.
    xo

    • Thank you, Tara! You helped me during a time when it was especially hard to heal. Your work is such a valuable resource for so many of us. <3

    • Thank you, again! Sharing and pooling our resources is such an important way to aid our healing.

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