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Description: Saying Goodbye : Hardback : David C Cook Publishing Company : 9781434712264 : 1434712265 : 15 Sep 2017 : A personal story of baby loss and 90 days of support to walk you through grief. The Book Depository Saying Goodbye by Zoe Clark-Coates - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: InfectiouSmile1

Rating: 5

Review: Having miscarried our first baby at 7 weeks to then be told our second baby had an irreparable heart condition at 17 weeks just 5 months later, was like someone ripping out my own heart. The options presented to us for terminating the pregnancy were shockingly limited & daunting, either endure labour knowing baby wouldn't survive or face surgical termination at an abortion clinic as our local hospital doesn't perform surgical terminations past 12 weeks gestation. Neither myself nor my partner felt emotionally strong enough to go through labour so we had no other choice but the abortion route, but by the time an appointment was available I was 19 weeks pregnant, feeling baby move, suffering all the usual pregnancy symptoms knowing there'd soon be no baby. We had over 2 weeks in limbo awaiting the termination & the treatment I received on the day was shockingly painful, lonely & traumatic. To not be able to have my partner with me throughout was devastating - leaving him to wait in the car for 6-7 hours as the clinic was hours away from home & he wasn't allowed to be with me, to have been given no acknowledgment or privacy & respect for the incredibly sad reason for terminating our much wanted baby will forever haunt me & I can't help wishing we had been strong enough for the birth option. Throughout the whole experience from diagnosis to treatment I felt I had nowhere to turn...our local hospital washed their hands of us once we decided on the surgical termination, admittedly the London hospital where we saw the fatal cardiologist did provide us with leaflets & contacts for charities like ARC & Sands, but I struggled to find any real comfort or guidance during the toughest decision of our lives...until I found Zoe & the Mariposa Trust. As soon as I started reading Saying Goodbye I felt like I had finally found what I needed during the darkness & during such a heartbreaking time it REALLY is hard to know exactly what you need! Up until this point we didn't know what to do with ourselves, not going out, not seeing people it just seemed easier to shut ourselves away from life altogether to begin to grieve. Zoe's honest, natural, home-hitting words & experiences were suddenly telling me that everything I felt was normal, I sobbed, I laughed, I nodded my head in agreement a thousand times. The daily tasks were, and continue to be, a tremendous help, along with the inspiring quotes. Almost 2 months on I've started to have a few 'good days' yet this weekend I was suddenly floored by all the emotions once again, I wanted to hide under my duvet once more & stay there for a week, so I turned to Saying Goodbye & started reading it again, knowing the comfort it would give me & to bring me out of potential heartbreak hibernation once more. Zoe's work & my experiences make me want to help get the word out there more & offer support to others going through this truly awful experience, I know this book will forever be a support to me & I cannot say thank you enough. I want to see this book in the pregnancy unit of hospitals, in abortion clinics, doctors surgeries, I want every single person facing any form of baby loss to know that there is help out there when you need it the most & long term. To anyone considering buying this book for themselves or others, you won't regret it.

 

Author: Anon

Rating: 5

Review: I’m struggling to find the words to describe how this book has impacted me, other than it is the best thing I have read in a long time! I read the book from start to finish in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down; I laughed, I cried, I sobbed and I began to heal. For the first time since I gave birth to my sleeping baby, I felt like it was completely acceptable to cry and grieve. I felt understood. I knew that I wasn’t alone. At times it was like I was reading the words that I couldn’t speak. I’m so grateful for the hope that this book has given me because it is a beautiful testimony of survival, healing and faith. The world is a better place because of the strength of this incredible woman. Her words bring so much relief to a grieving and hurting soul..... ‘People kept saying I was brave. I fought the desire to laugh each time it was said. I felt far from brave. I was scared. I was terrified. I was holding my breath to see if I could even survive the journey I was forced to walk. I didn’t know there was such thing as a silent scream until I lost my baby’.

 

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