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An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death [Paperback]

By Christine O'Keeffe Lafser (Author) & Phyllis Tickle (Foreword by)
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Item description for An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death by Christine O'Keeffe Lafser & Phyllis Tickle...

Nearly a million parents suffer a miscarriage or infant death each year. Theirs can be a lonely, quiet grief-with many emotions experienced but not easily expressed. This collection of more than a hundred short meditations beautifully interweaves the very real feelings of bereaved parents with Scripture passages that provide comfort, direction, and a sense of hope.

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"Bereavement after the loss of a baby is often quiet and lonely," writes Christine O'Keeffe Lafser, who has twice lost a child to death. "There is no wake or funeral, no grave site, no memorial to our baby's life or death. . . . Since there are no real memories of our little one's life, people have a hard time comprehending the depth of our love and grief." In these reflections, Lafser offers grieving parents the empathy and courage that can come only from one who has walked the same difficult path.
"Chris expressed so many of my thoughts and feelings and made me feel so normal. . . . The greatest gift is learning that God does not desert us in our time of need."
Linda Davis, Compassionate Friends, after miscarriage and stillbirth
"The juxtaposition of a Scripture text with each reflection is inspired. Some of the texts are breathtaking in their beauty and appropriateness. This book is a 'must' for anyone who is ever touched by the loss of an infant."
Joseph Awad, poet and grieving grandfather
"This book will be very helpful for parents who are mourning the loss of their child. It will also prove very beneficial to anyone who is ministering to a bereaved parent."
Robert N. Craig, O.F.M. Cap., hospital chaplain
"These reflections allowed me to 'be' how I was feeling--not feel like I should be going through the stages of grief that other books described. With this book I was no longer a square peg trying to fit into a round hole."
Jeanette Siebels, after infant death

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Loyola Press
Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Loyola Press
Edition  First Edition,  
ISBN  0829411739  
ISBN13  9780829411737  

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More About Christine O'Keeffe Lafser & Phyllis Tickle

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christine O'Keeffe Lafser is the author of two Loyola Press books, "Longing for My Child: Reflections for Parents and Siblings after a Child's Death" and "An Empty Cradle, A Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death." She has survived the death of four children and is blessed by the love and support of her husband and three living children. She and her family live in Virginia.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief > Grief & Bereavement
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Women's Health > Pregnancy & Childbirth
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Psychology & Counseling
4Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General
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7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Worship & Devotion > Devotionals
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Worship & Devotion > Meditations
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Reviews - What do customers think about An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death?

3 months later, it still brings comfort  Feb 16, 2007
The reflections in this book are of the nature that they may bring comfort for a long time. Sometimes I read many of them, sometimes just one or two. Sometimes the reflections and Bible passages help me to grieve, sometimes they help me to rejoice that my son is with our Lord.

Of the 8 or 10 books I bought or was given after the death of our son, this is one of the two that I find the most helpful (the other being - When Hello Means Goodbye, which is more for right away).
reflections with scripture  Dec 11, 2005
This is a very good book to give comfort to the grieving after the loss of a pregnancy or baby. The agonized reflections of grieving parents are coupled with scriptural references (some from the Catholic bible). The pages of the bible have much comfort for the afflicted, and the references here are coupled beautifully with the reflections of parents who have suffered. This book offers hope, comfort and encouragement for the bereaved.
Still Helps me today  Aug 24, 2004
I lost my son 3 years ago and I can still open this book and find peace. I would buy this book for anyone who has lost their baby. The emotions felt are placed side by side with words of scripture. It is as if God is helping you through your emotions. My husband's Aunt got this for us right after our son died. It helped me then and it continues to help me now.
Pain and Healing  Jun 4, 2002
We have lost 3 babies in our family. Our dreams of great futures were gone with them. We were desperate to find comfort. This book is healing and helpful to ease the pain.
I am grateful that I discovered this book. I also recommend Write From Your Heart, A Healing Grief Journal.
It really is necessary to "work" through grief.
May you all find peace and comfort.
Short, helpful reflections for grieving parents.  Dec 7, 1998
As grieving parents, both my husband and I found these reflections very timely. It's the kind of book you can pick up and read for one minute or one hour, depending on your mood and current needs. It is definitely a Christian-based book...each reflection is followed by a scripture pertaining to the idea presented in the reflection. However, as non-Christians, we loved the stories themselves. They put so eloquently into words the many conflicting feelings we are having after the death of our son. I highly recommend this book to others who have suffered a similar loss.

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