“Naming Your Child: Hope-filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, & Infant Death” by Jenny Schroedel

 My Book Review: I received this book from my mother in law after we all attended the funeral service.  It has taken me a little bit longer to get through this book, only because “normalish” life began to take over again.  But it has definitely been a good read.   This book helped to validate the feelings I was going through and made me feel like I wasn’t the only one.  We all grieve, and those of us that have been through a loss like this have something in common.  We know to some degree how others feel and what they are going through, yet because we all grieve differently we can only listen and sympathasize.  In the book it was helpful to read other people’s stories.  They are all different, but with one common thread, loss.  It gave me ideas on how to get through the different emotions, especially the ones I wasn’t used to dealing with…like jeolousy.  I learned that life will go back to normal.  Not necessarily the normal before being pregnant, but a new type of normal and that’s okay.  It was helpful also, that the author put such a heavy emphasis on naming your child.  It doesn’t matter how recent or how long ago it was, it is still important to give a name.  We may all grieve differently, we are all at different stages in the process, but we are all connected on a deeper level.

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