Three fictional stories intended to make public some of the more private aspects of grief, and enable open discussion with everyone in the family, especially the young children.
A miscarriage can adversely effect the relationship between the two would-be parents, particularly if there are as yet no children. The Silver Bird shows how a young couple come to terms with their grief at the loss of a longed-for pregnancy.
The death of a baby close to birth is a tragedy for the parents but the siblings are also affected. It may seem to be a good idea to avoid discussing the dead baby with the young children in the family, but it can leave them feeling bewildered and distressed. Lucy's baby brother dies aged one day but her experience was positive and healing.
The death of a young mother can leave everyone dumbfounded, and everyone in the family is grieving. The Lonely Halo shows how a family could cope with their feelings over the first year without Mummy, and made a Special Goodbye on the first anniversary.
The set of three books can make a useful resource for bereavement counsellors and family therapists.
Having a baby is a time of joy for families. So if something goes wrong it can be extremely hard to talk about it.
These three fictional stories provide a way for parents and siblings to begin to open up about what has happened. These books are especially helpful for young children. They are also intended to be relevant to parents and to professionals who help support them through loss and bereavement, such as GPs, bereavement counsellors, schools, self-help libraries, psychotherapists and family therapists. Healing Loss In Families is a very important part of healthy growth in children and adults, but regrettably it often remains unspoken.