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Since I wrote them, the posts about helping a friend through babyloss are reached every single day from people searching for information about helping a friend after her baby dies. I see the search queries, and wonder if they found what they needed. A girl needs a good friend after her baby dies, and often she doesn’t get one. I don’t think it’s usually because her friends are jerks, but because they don’t know what to do.
I came up with the idea of writing a book of everything I’ve written in those posts, and more. Something friends could print or leaf through on their tablets. It’s been a few months since I began working on the book. It’s been done for weeks. I’ve sat it on it for awhile.
See, we’re all so different. By telling friends how to help, would I be sending the message that there’s a correct way to grieve? There’s no manual about how to parent a dead child, so how could there be one about helping a friend through that loss? I went back and forth about rather I would share it at all.
After much thought and internal debate, I decided I should share, with a disclaimer that I’m a. no expert and b. all moms are different and I don’t want them pushed into a little grief box.
People want this information. I have a perspective they’re seeking. I hope that my message is clear. I just want to help get grieving moms the support they need.
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Update: I’m so blown away by the response to this eBook. I published it in the middle of the night with relatively slight promo, and have been getting emails, messages and comments all day. Tells me it was a needed resource. I want to make it more widely available, so I put the booklet on Amazon.com in Kindle format. Unfortunately, you have to charge at least $2.99, so that’s what it’s priced at. I can make it free for five days, and when I do, I’ll share through my Facebook and Twitter that it’s free that day if you want it on your Kindle or tablet. The book will always be free to download and share in the method described above.