Mourning the Dreams: How Parents Create Meaning from Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Early Infant Death

1st Edition

Claudia Malacrida

Published June 30, 1998
ISBN 9781598742879 - CAT# Y288564
Series: International Institute for Qualitative Methodology Series

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Mourning the Dreams is an accessible and moving account of parents’ experiences of grief and recovery after losing an infant during pregnancy, childbirth, or within the first month of life. Drawing from the sociology of emotions, health research and psychology, her own experience, and a range of qualitative methods, Claudia Malacrida finds that bereaved parents not only grieve their child and its unrealized potential, but often find their personal experiences are at odds with social forces and prevailing assumptions about the nature of their loss and how they should react to is. She explores the meanings parents create as they face denial, silence, and other reactions from friends, family, communities, coworkers, the medical community, and even within spousal relationships. She also describes the courage and creativity of parents who create and negotiate meanings that help them grieve, recover, and manage relationships.


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