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Written by one of the world's leading baby loss support experts, The Baby Loss Guide is designed to help you navigate this complex issue. Whether you have personally encountered loss, or are supporting people through this harrowing time, this book provides practical and compassionate advice.

Zoe and her husband Andy have personally faced the loss of five babies. Out of their experiences came the charity The Mariposa Trust (more often known by its primary division Saying Goodbye), offering support to thousands of grieving parents and relatives around the world each week. In her first best-selling book, Saying Goodbye, Zoe wrote a moving account of their experiences and how they found a way through loss.

In The Baby Loss Guide Zoe provides a supportive and practical guide to walk people through their darkest days of suffering and give them hope for the future. The first half of the book answers the many questions those who encounter loss ask themselves and others, which until now have resulted in people spending hours exploring the internet to gain answers and insight. It is interlaced with personal stories from both men and women who have been there, and tackles the many myths, taboos and assumptions around loss. It also provides clear guidance and advice on how to navigate life following your world imploding, such as: How do I return to work? How do I know if or when I should try again for more children? How do I communicate with my partner about loss?

The second half of the book offers 60-days of practical and compassionate support. Whether someone's loss is recent or historic, this support is a precious gift that will help an individual walk the scary path of grief. Zoe's friendly and down to earth approach means she removes the often over used medical terminology, and this makes The Baby Loss Guide listenable, easy to absorb and a vital source of information and help.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2019 Zoe Clark-Coates (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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This book helped me navigate grief

Not so long ago, at a routine scan, I shockingly discovered that 12 weeks is not the magic or safe number that society leads us to believe. As I lay in the dark room, having just been told that there was no heartbeat, the floor just fell away. I was in agony. I had no friends I knew who had been through this, and no medical practitioner gave any insight into how I would cope in the days that followed. This book was my saviour. I clung to the stories of other women, as well as Zoe's honest, practical and compassionate guidance. It truly made me feel less alone and allowed me to fully embrace the grief that I felt. My experience was traumatic and devastating and reading this book validated everything that I felt. I blamed myself a lot at the start. People would say things like "it wasn't meant to be" and thanks to Zoe I was able to respond with "I disagree, sometimes really bad things just happen. I since have discovered a number of women in my life who have been through loss and I recommend this book to them. I am so grateful that Zoe has bravely shared her own personal stories of love and loss. In doing so she has started essential and healing conversations around the realities of baby loss and grief.

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  • Kristina
  • 04-07-2019

You saved me.

After my second miscarriage within a 3 month span, I felt lost, hopeless, depressed, angry, emotional. I didn’t feel like life was fair (it’s not), so I turned to instagram to feel not so alone, I found Zoe Clark-Coates Instagram as I desperately browsed through #miscarriageawareness. I instantly knew I needed to read this book. So I downloaded audible and got the book. And let me tell you; this book saved me.
Not that I was suicidal, so those words may be a bit extreme but I didn’t think I could ever be happy again.
This book, Zoe, saved me. It was the most healing thing for me. At the end of the book, the journal entries each day, also helped. Each day is a new topic or task, and it was hard sometimes, but also healing. Something as simple as getting dressed and doing your makeup, that helped! Hearing zoe’s story and all the women (and men!) speak about their story, made me feel less alone.
Miscarriages are so taboo, and I hate that. I have, since my first miscarriage been vocal about it. On social media, at work, etc. it’s hard to be so vulnerable and it’s hard to hear people say things that you wish they hadn’t. But I had to speak up and let my babies be known. This book, I will recommend to everybody who has lost a baby. Whether it’s from childhood cancer, a 36 week miscarriage, or a 7 week miscarriage.. a loss is a loss. Grief is grief. And I truly from the bottom of my heart thank you Zoe for sharing your experiences, writing this book, and I also really am glad you read the book to me. It made it that much more special.
I will treasure this book forever and please believe, when the hard copy is available in the US, I will buy it and have it on display. Thank you.

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  • Louisa
  • 13-08-2020

Every Human on Earth Should Read This Book!

I purchased this book after my second miscarriage following IVF. it was life change. prior to reading it I struggled alone with my thoughts and feelings. I felt isolated in my grief and wasn't able to express my thoughts or feelings to those close to me. I was clinically depressed, the low points were scary and there were times when I thought I would always be miserable. reading this book made me feel less alone, less crazy, and it normalised my grief without trivialising it. it gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own situation and I was able to hear stories from other women that helped me feel less like a failure. I sent links to the book to my husband and family and asked them to read the sections "Supporting the Bereaved" and "Proactive Advice for Family and Friends". It helped those around me get a tiny glimpse into what was going on in my head and heart. I honestly recommend this book and feel that every woman should have a Zoe in their life, she is incredible. let's talk about miscarriage and infertility openly, ditch the stigma, recognise that our self worth isn't about our ability to produce a biological child and then we can start to provide compassionate care and support for those who are going through such a specific type of grief.

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  • Hannah Gaze
  • 16-09-2020

This book saved me.

I love the audio book. In those early days when I couldn’t see never mind pick up a book to read, Zoe’s voice helped me through. Even now just past what should have been my babies due date I go back and listen to snippets on the hard days to help. Thank you Zoe. You’ve saved me, you continue to help and the audio has helped in ways I didn’t know I needed.

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  • Rachel McNamee
  • 09-04-2019

Such an amazing book

Such an essential book for anyone who has lost a child. Having lost my little girl one month ago I listened to this book as an audio book and my goodness it really resonated with me. I think every parent should be given a copy of this book after a loss.

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  • Sophiebeth
  • 07-04-2019

Amazing support

A brilliant book that helps deal with the pain of loss. The author Zoe is holding your hand throughout the book and explains lots of detail around the difficult topic of baby loss. The little daily tasks are really helpful to help you deal with grief. Off to fill in my journal now. I know this book will definitely fix lots of broken hearts.

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