Below are several resources that have helped me tremendously throughout our journey with Christian. I hope you will find them helpful too!
Books on Carrying to Term:
I Will Carry You, by Angie Smith
Angie’s story was the first book I read after Christian’s diagnosis. She carried her daughter Audrey after they were told she had a fatal diagnosis. Her honesty and openness in sharing her story really touched me, as did her faith in Christ, who clearly has carried her through her experience. Angie blogs at www.angiesmithonline.com
A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief by
This book came out literally weeks before Christian’s diagnosis, and it was invaluable to me and my husband. It was good to hear stories from people who had gone through carrying a pregnancy despite a fatal prenatal diagnosis. At a time when we felt so alone, this book offered insight and experience from those who had walked in our shoes. Although each story, diagnosis and experience was different, our feelings, fears and hopes were all validated in reading the different stories. It made us feel a little less alone and gave us support while honoring Christian's short life. We are so thankful for this book.
Waiting With Gabriel by
Books on Grieving/Coping with Loss:
The One Year Book of Hope (weekly devotional) by Nancy Guthrie
Grieving the Child I Never Knew (devotional), by Kathe Wunnenberg
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby, by Deborah L. Davis
Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, by Nancy Guthrie
God's Plan for Your Life: Overcoming Grief (30 devotionals) Family Christian Stores
String of Pearls, created by Laura Huene in honor of her daughter Pearl, provides a nurturing and safe place for families as they navigate the path following a fatal prenatal diagnosis. Laura is wonderful and sent us a care package before Christian was born with special keepsakes to remember him by.
A wonderful online outreach to parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis. The family stories, articles, and links within this site are presented as a resource for those who may have been asked to choose between terminating a pregnancy or continuing on despite the diagnosis. The benotafraid.net families faced the same decision and chose not to terminate. By sharing experiences, they hope to offer encouragement to those who may be afraid to continue on.
Other Helpful Websites:
For the Fathers: http://www.grievingdads.com/
Glow In the Woods: http://www.glowinthewoods.com/
Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope: http://facesofloss.com/