Saturday, November 9, 2013

(Review) Sunshine After The Storm by Various Authors

Title: Sunshine After The Storm- A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother

Author: Various Authors

Genre: Non-Fiction/Grief and Bereavement
Pages: 361

Format: Kindle

Description: A compelling read from start to finish, this supportive guide to navigating pregnancy and infant loss will arm you with life-changing tools that will help you feel part of a dynamic community. The complexities of pregnancy and infant loss are explored by survivors themselves rendering this must-read book a first hand personal narrative that invites people to feel less alone in the aftermath of such devastating experiences. Grief knows no timeline and this thoughtful book does an exceptional job of explicating ways that society could more sensitively embody this concept by normalizing the spectrum of mourning. Profound losses create seismic changes in self-image, relationships, and overall identity. Many women blame themselves for their reproductive hardships and harbor monumental shame as a result. Contributors delve into crevices of their minds and hearts and courageously express the complexities of their processes- journeys that should be shared and not silenced, providing enlivening inspiration and raw accounts of how life perspectives are invariably altered in the wake of loss. This accessible guide provides valuable tips and resources for grieving families which serve as a grounding way to acknowledge the pain, ease the grief, and explore pockets of hope.

A vital resource for anyone who has experienced these kinds of losses and those who love them.

- Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist and writer specializing in women's reproductive health.

(4 Stars) 

Sunshine After the Storm was picked off of my list, or should I say unexpectedly added to my reading to review list, because of the loss I have just recently went through. I've given birth to a stillborn and I've been reading about this subject matter since. I saw this book while surfing through Amazon looking for another grief book.

This book is filled with personal stories of loss with a touch of inspiration. Although I find that most of the subject matter is on miscarriages or multiple losses, I think this could benefit someone who has been there. The few stories on Stillbirth hit home for me and the inspiration that was given from the stories, are a blessing. I can't thank the women enough for reaching out to others and giving them hope.

Although at times this book was hard to read because of the editing, I would recommend it to any and all grieving parents. Not just the mothers. Fathers too. If a father were to read this, he could see some bits of what the mother of the baby is going through. I'd also say this is a good read for those who want to understand what a grieving parent is going through, even if the loss happened years ago.

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