Holding Onto Motherhood during the Grief Process

by Vickie Harden, PhD, LAPSW

Abstract: The loss of an infant is a devastating experience for families. Women are uniquely affected by this type of loss. The aspirations and hopes of motherhood, coupled with the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes due to pregnancy complicate the grieving process. Access to adequate support services and the interaction and responses of helping professionals play an important part in moving through the grief process. This paper delves into the complexities of grief after miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death as well as factors that support or confound the grieving process.

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