by moderator Carla

I must admit I am a bit biased. Ok – a lot biased. I have known and loved Bethany Kerr for a few years now and knew anything she wrote would be heartfelt and honest. She did not disappoint.

Bethany has just published a book, Answers in a Time of Miscarriage. It includes personal stories, a Q&A section, and “What Not to Say” section.

Answers in a Time of Miscarriage stirred many emotions in me since I have had 2 miscarriages and struggled after each.

Personal stories of miscarriage, although heartbreaking, help us feel as though we are not alone, nor are we insane for loving the babies we did not get to know. I ached as I read of the pain, sorrow, and grief of other women. I especially appreciated the section about men who have been through miscarriage as well. They grieve in different ways than women and are concerned with being strong for their wives. I am grateful for their voices.

I was grateful for the straightforward way Bethany wrote her Q&As. At a time that seems to come with more questions than answers these provided clear truth.

As I read what not to say to someone grieving a miscarriage I realized I had heard every single one of those statements. [Jill’s note: And I had said quite a few. These were very helpful.] Let us all file those away and give someone a hug and tell them “I’m so sorry” – and commit to memory all of the suggestions in “What to Say”!

My favorite part of Bethany’s book would have to be her personal story and photos of her child, Blessing. Although I had seen the photos before I now have them for my very own! Blessing has saved the lives of many, many babies after their mothers saw the photos and chose life!

Another story that touched me deeply was the story of baby Rowan, which includes a photo as well.

Bethany handles such a deeply personal and painful occurrence with great love and care, so sweet and touching. I highly recommend this book to women, men, friends and medical professionals who want to help those suffering after miscarriage. Please purchase this book for someone(s) in your life who might need to read and be comforted by the words of someone who has been there.

That Bethany gives permission for mothers to grieve their children is a gift indeed.

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