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Grief

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Natalie Indermuhle

on 22 September 2012

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Transcript of Grief

Wooster Community Hospital Grief Program Becky Yoder RN, IBCLC
Grief Counselor Healing Thank You!! Pregnancy After Loss LOSS SHOCK PROTEST DISORGANIZATION REORGANIZATION RECOVERY
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DETERIORATION LIFE FUNCTION Numbness, Denial
Outbursts
Weightloss Increased shock,
Preoccupation with
thoughts of deceased,
Anger, Yearning Confusion, Depression, Withdrawal,
Aimlessness, Restless, Apathy,
Feeling of Unreality Trying new patterns
of behavior Finding meaning
in death and life
A million times we've needed you, a million times we've cried,
if love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still,
in our hearts you hold a special place no one else could ever fill.
If tears could build a staircase, and heartache build a lane,
we'd walk the path to heaven and bring you home again.
Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same,
But family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one the chain will link again.
(Author Unknown) The loss of any pregnancy through miscarriage,
ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or neonatal death presents as a significant life crisis for any woman and has far-reaching implications into a couple's future aspirations. Planning another pregnancy after
dealing with a perinatal loss is difficult and can be plagued by ambivalence, doubts and insecurities. Despite these feelings, a majority of women do become pregnant within the first year following their loss.
Many studies advocate increased awareness of the issues with which pregnant mothers may be dealing after a previous perinatal loss. These studies also address the provision of additional support by health care providers. Hunfeld et al. (1997) discussed the importance of recommending more frequent prenatal visits for women with high anxiety levels following a previous late-pregnancy loss due to the potential for ineffective mother-infant adaptation and attachment. If HC providers proactively address the effect of the previous loss and explore the mothers' thoughts and feelings, they can facilitate a positive adaptation to the subsequent pregnancy and to parenthood (Robertson & Kavanaugh, 1998). They say memories are golden, well maybe that is true,
but we never wanted memories, we only wanted you. Miscarriage, ectopic, stillborn, neonatal death No right or wrong way to grieve What is Grief? Help family start normal grief AAP/ACOG recommend Assure family Meet individual needs of family A million times we've needed you, a million times we've cried, If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. Decreased Socialization, Loss of Interest, Loneliness Renewed Socialization Crying, Loss of appetite, Sleep Disturbance, Irritability, Self-criticism, Guilt, Physical systoms Finding Ways to Memorialize your Child WCH Annual "Walk to Remember" In life we loved you dearly in death we loved you still,
in our hearts you hold a special place no one else could ever fill Parents never forget understanding,
Respect
Genuine Warmth
which can be lasting and important as any other memories of their baby's brief life Our Role as Health Professional Things NOT to say "You can have more children" "It could be worse" "Time will Heal" Majority become pregnant within the first year May have high anxiety levels Need to facilitate positive adaptation Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one the chain will link again
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