Sherokee Ilse lost 3 babies of her own through a miscarriage, a full- term stillborn son and an ectopic pregnancy. She has two living sons and she is one of the early pioneers in perinatal loss and bereavement. Not only is she the author of 18 books and booklets about loss and healing, including her first and most popular self-help book for parents and families titled Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death, Sherokee also speaks, trains and consults across the globe. Miscarriage, stillbirth, NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) losses and sudden infant death along with child loss and general bereavement have been Sherokee’s areas of expertise for the past 30+ years.
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT THINGS LIKE:
- “The Dark Ages” when it comes to prenatal loss and bereavement.
- What to say – and what not to say – to families who have lost a baby.
- The importance of helping couples communicate and support each other at the time of loss and over time.
- The difference between a grief counselor and a grief mentor.
SOME QUESTIONS IRENE ASKS SHEROKEE:
- Why is a little baby “a treasure” deserving to be loved, mourned and remembered?
- What is a loss doula?
- How do you support parents who are experiencing fragile pregnancies and abnormal diagnosis by offering palliative care and networking assistance?
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