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I often get asked what books to give to a loss mom, or what books have helped me along my journey of loss and parenting after loss. Here are a list of the top books I've read and usually recommend to my followers. Some are faith based, and some are not.

1. Grieving the Child I Never Knew - Kathe Wunnenberg

Specific to loss. Faith based.

"A devotional for comfort in the loss of your unborn or newly born child". This devotional has seven parts - Hiding, Suffering, Questioning, Forgiving, Relating, Seeking, and Sharing your Story. Each part consists of easy to read segments with journal prompts at the end. I really enjoyed this devotional because you can revisit different parts depending where you are in your grief journey. It is the top book I recommend to people.

2. Out of Sorts - Sarah Bessey

Not specific towards loss. Faith based.

Sarah does share bits of her loss journey in this book and how she walked away from the church for a while. This book is about "Making Peace with an Evolving Faith" and really helped me to understanding that our faith is ever changing, and how we need to learn the lost art of lament.

3. Rising Strong - Brené Brown

Not specific to loss. Not faith based.

This book is about how we all stumble and fall, and how we rise from those fallings. It's all about learning how to lean into the discomfort of our emotions and rumbling with our stories. "Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. This process teaches us the most about who we are."

4. The Magic of Motherhood - Ashley Gadd from Coffee + Crumbs

Not specific to loss. Faith based.

A collection of short essays from women on their motherhood journey. "The good stuff, the hard stuff and everything in between". Includes stories on loss, adoption, infertility, faith, and more. A honest look at the joy and heartache of motherhood.

5. Grace like Scarlett - Adriel Booker

Specific to loss. Faith based.

"An honest look at faith, suffering and God's will with sensitivity and clarity, devoid of religious clichés or pat answers." Coming from a conservative religious background, and then swinging to the charismatic side, this book was really helpful in navigating through all my doubt and theology I've been taught over the years. She includes practical resources such as talking to your other children about loss, pregnancy after loss and a letter to dads.

The following are books I haven't read yet but are on my list to read.

6. Loved Baby - Sarah Philpott

Specific to loss. Faith based.

Another devotion guide on helping you grieve and cherish your child after pregnancy loss.

7. This Undeserved Life - Natalie Brenner

Specific to loss. Faith based.

Uncovering the gifts of grief and the fullness of life. "Can I be wrecked by grief and still trust God?" Natalie shares her story of infertility, loss and trauma from the church.

8. How to Survive a Shipwreck - Jonathan Martin

Not specific to pregnancy loss. Faith based.

Johnathan draws from his own stories of failure and loss. This book is an invitation to trust the goodness of God and the resilience of your own soul.

9. Present over Perfect - Shauna Niequest

Not specific to pregnancy loss. Faith based.

This one has been recommended time and time again. It's about living a life of meaning and connection instead of pushing for perfection.

10. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart - Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D.

Specific to pregnancy/infant loss. Not faith based.

A gentle guide that will walk you through the loss of your baby during pregnancy, around birth, or in infancy. Filled with a plethora of resources, this book was given to me by the social worker at the hospital.

Hope you find these resources helpful. I will continue to add to and modify this list.

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