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Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death [Paperback]

Sherokee Ilse
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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April 1990 0960945660 978-0960945665 2nd Revised edition
A classic, this book was one of the first to offer support to families after their baby's death and to guide caregivers in their support of these families. With over 250,000 in print, this book touches the hearts of families at the time of their loss and over time as they heal. No matter how, or at what age or gestational age a baby dies, their parents are invited to be supported by Sherokee and her husband David, who themselves have been there. With compassion, guidance and practical suggestions are offered for the decision-making at the time (including why and how one might see, hold, and memorialize one's baby) and over time (such as how to handle such times as anniversaries, holidays, the birth of other babies in the parents close circle.) An excellent bibliography and resource section is included.

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Thank you for your lovely book, Empty Arms, which we were given before our baby was even delivered. -- Debbie Crippen, Bereaved Mother

This book was a tremendous inspiration to my patients. I feel you have done a great service to bereaved parents... -- Stephen Larson, M.D., Ob-Gyn

About the Author

Sherokee Ilse has had many personal experiences with loss which motivated her to reach out to others to aid them in their grief work. She has suffered a miscarriage, full term stillbirth and an ectopic pregnancy along and has two living children. Sherokee helped create a national non-profit organization which she directed for ten years, authored many books including her most popular one, Empty Arms (over 250,000 in print) and has served as a bereavement support professional, a consultant, and international trainer for 18 years.

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If your baby has died, it is natural for you to be unprepared, in shock and to feel a wide range of emotions from disbelief to anger to intense sorrow. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars **** June 26 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book was in very good condition.

Although it is an excellent resource, it really needs to be at your fingertips when such a tragedy arrives.

I will now have a copy to share with others who experience such misfortune.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Start Dec 19 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was given this book by the nurse at the hospital shortly after delivering my full term daughter, who was stillborn Christmas Eve in 1989. It was very helpful in dealing with the grief and I referred to it often when I went home. I would recommend hospitals provide this immediately after the birth/loss to parents experiencing this kind of devastating loss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple format makes it helpful Feb. 2 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a good book if you want something simple. It is in the question, answer format and fairly short. You can easily find what you are looking for without having to search through the other stuff you don't want to think about right now. It would have been extremely helpful right when my son died. It would be good for the hospitals to give out. It didn't have as many stories of other couples (they do help you to feel less alone) as I would have liked, though. There is some advice on how to go on and answers to questions I would not have even thought of, though so I do recommend it. It shouldn't be the only book you buy on loss, but if you can afford more than one, get this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars when no one else understood Dec 27 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Sherokee Isle wrote this wonderful book that touches on all that I went through. I have recommended it to many friends with similar experiences and it has helped them cope with the loss of their little Angels too. I even wrote to her (her address is in tha back of the book) to thank her for helping me, and she sent a hand written personl note back to me telling me how sorry she was for my loss. There are many things she suggests doing to help you through this hard time. She validates your feelings and discusses her personal stories. She is a voice of experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Remember May 2 2001
Format:Paperback
I lost a son 9 years ago and now friends of mine have lost twins. I received a few books after my loss but this is the book that helped me the most and now I am ordering the book to give to my friends hoping it will help them as much as it helped me.
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By S. Wood
Format:Paperback
My heart goes out to everyone else who has written a review of this book as well as the countless number who have read it without reviewing it. We lost our son to a cord accident at 20 weeks last July and during the long induced labor process in the hospital I was given many materials to read. This book was among them and stands out in my memory as being the most helpful at that time. We needed the technical info and were not yet ready to start the tough work of emotional healing that lay ahead. It's helpful to think of this book as first aid at the beginning of the crisis while you are in shock and to turn to other, more in-depth emotional reading when you are ready for it.
It was exactly what we needed at the time, and I thank the author, publisher, and the hospital who provided it to us.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Empty Arms March 28 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book about 5 weeks after my daughter was stillborn on 2/12/01 at 39 weeks. It was very technical and dealt with the decisions that need to be made in the hospital or soon after. By the time I read the book, most of the decisions the book talks about having to make had already been made. It really has not been much help through my grieving process
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Nov. 21 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was given this book when I lost my son. I read this book over and over again. It really allowed me to share my feelings concerning his death by knowing I wasn't alone. I would recommend this book to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child.
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