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Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss Through the Arts

by Laura Seftel - £19.99  Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781843108054 | ISBN 10: 1843108054

At least one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage, yet pregnancy loss remains a taboo topic and effective aftercare is rarely available for those who have experienced it. Grief Unseen explains the different kinds of childbearing losses, such as failed fertility treatment, ectopic pregnancy, and stillbirth, and explores their emotional impact on women and their partners, and the process of healing.
 
An established art therapist and mental health counselor, Laura Seftel shares her own experiences of miscarriage and recovery, and describes the use of art and ritual as a response to loss in traditional and modern cultures. She presents a rich variety of artists who have explored pregnancy loss in their work, including Frida Kahlo, Judy Chicago and Tori Amos, and shows how people with no previous artistic experience can generate creative responses as part of the healing process. The book includes step-by-step exercises in guided imagery, poetry, visual art, journaling, and creating rituals.
 
This accessible, positive resource will be useful to practitioners in the fields of medicine, mental health, art therapy and counseling, as well as women and families who have suffered pregnancy loss.

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In booklists: Art Therapy, Death, Dying & Grief, Conception, Pregnancy & Childbirth,
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