Still a Mother
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J238
Pages: 168
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817017682
PubDate: 2016

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2017 Illumination Award Winner in the Family/Parenting category

More than 1 million women suffer fetal loss each year, yet most mothers will struggle to find words to share their grief or describe their experience. Miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death can be incredibly isolating, with women feeling silenced by shame or guilt, by confusion and loss of control. In Still a Mother, chaplains Joy Freeman and Tabatha Johnson share their own experiences and collect the stories of others who have sustained such loss, ending the silence and helping to equip pastors, congregations, family, and friends in ministering more compassionately to mothers who grieve.

Key features:

·      A unique resource that fills a gap on the taboo topic of perinatal and early infant loss.

·      Honest narratives written by clergywomen who share how the experience impacts one’s faith and relationship with God.

·      An insightful resource for clergy who minister to women grieving miscarriage or early infant loss.

·       Features practical insights for pastoral care in each chapter.

Editorial Reviews:

"This unique combination of personal memoirs of loss with practical wisdom for ministry with sensitivity and skillfulness makes this book a resource for healing and hope. I welcome this important contribution to pastoral care literature with the hope that it will be widely read and enrich many lives."—Richard P. Olson, Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas

“Joy Freeman and Tabatha Johnson have collected and contributed to a moving series of stories of loss. Written by clergywomen from various traditions, each personal story explores the painful terrain of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. These writers are intentionally vulnerable, exposing their own wounds for the sake of healing, creating safe space to reflect on what it means for a woman to be a mother who is without a living child. Readers will appreciate the questions for pastoral reflection and pastoral care resources. Still a Mother takes its place as one of the growing number of resources for women who experience perinatal loss and want to remain close to their God in this complicated and often overlooked corner of the valley of the shadow of death.” —Elise Erikson Barrett, Pastor, Singer-Songwriter, Mother, and Author of the award-winning book What Was Lost: A Christian Journey through Miscarriage (


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