And One on the Mantelpiece
'And One on the Mantelpiece' is a self-help book for those who lose a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or cot death. To lose a baby is a devastatingly painful experience. This book provides much comfort and helpful advice to those who are grieving for a much loved and wanted baby. The author, Fiona Mann, writes a heartfelt, honest account of her own son Jacob's stillbirth at full term and takes you with her through her own grief journey over the years to follow.Fiona's journey lights a pathway for those whose journey is beginning and provides a comforting memoir for those who have gone before.
- Paperback | 178 pages
- 127 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 22.68g
- 25 Jan 2011
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Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest experiences of a lifetime. And normally it is. But for some of us it doesn't turn out that way. Some babies die. "And One on the Mantelpiece", a deeply private account of the grievance process that followed losing my first baby at full term after a normal pregnancy. The book aims to help others who have lost a baby, and may also be very useful to caring friends and relatives of bereaved parents. I share openly from birth story, my journey of grief through the years, with entries from my pregnancy and bereavement journal. Losing my child, I went through the awkward, frustrating "childless parent stageâ?? that is familiar to many bereaved parents. I was desperate to talk to others who had lost a baby, or read about their experiences. To my disappointment, I was unable to find books that were helpful. Motivated to help others who have lost a baby, I set out to write "And One on the Mantelpiece". In my own healing process, I discovered that there is no right or wrong way to grieve, and no set time frame. I could not escape the sadness or avoid the worries associated with pregnancy after loss. I also had to confront the effect that losing a baby had on me as a person, my faith and my mental health. To lose a baby or child is every parent's worst nightmare. I think the more literature available to help parents through the absolute agony of losing a baby the better. The title of my book speaks of the dilemma so many women and men experience following the death of their baby. When asked 'How many children do you have?' they perhaps answer two, thinking three; or answer three, thinking four. " And One on the Mantelpiece" describes the poignant legacy, sadness and struggle with identity that is experienced by bereaved parents worldwide. "Fiona Mann's journey lights a pathway for those whose journey is beginning and provides a comforting memoir for those who have gone before," says Ros Richardson, General Manager of SIDS and Kids NSW. I am a teacher and a trained Parent Support person through Sids and Kids NSW. I live in Sydney, Australia, and now have three wonderful, healthy children. For more information, please visit http://www.bookpal.com.aushow moreby Fiona Mann