09 Sep '18, 6am

Commentary: Finding the words to the silent grief of a pregnancy loss

BIRMINGHAM: Pregnancy loss can be an isolating experience for women and their families. The grief experienced may be intense, but the feelings of the bereaved may not be recognised – even by close friends and relatives – because pregnancy loss is not widely discussed. Advertisement But why do so many people struggle to find the right words of comfort for a family member? Why do they choose to stay silent even when they feel empathy for a colleague? After all, pregnancy loss is a fairly common experience. In the UK, about one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, and in 2016, 3,112 babies were stillborn – about one in every 225 births. USING SYMBOLS AND METAPHORS In the Death before Birth project (DBB), we looked at the experiences of families who had been through different types of pregnancy loss. We were especially interested in the metaphors they use to describe the ex...

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