Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Grief Unseen is worthwhile reading for every midwife and other provider who cares for patients who may experience perinatal loss. [It] will give new ideas to experienced midwives, student midwives, and graduates on how a non-therapist might encourage the expression of grief through ritual and art.
Kate Grieve, HCPJ Magazine
I found this a very humane book, reaching out directly to those affected by pregnancy and loss, validating their experience and empowering their creativity and healing. I recommend it as an accessible, informative and positive resource for a broad range of professional practitioners, including counsellors working with any kind of reproductive loss.
The book is primarily written for women and men who have lost a baby, and I imagine it being a huge comfort to them. The initial chapter sets the scene by stating that pregnancy loss is an invisible loss, so for many, their loss becomes an invisible grief. I feel it makes invaluable reading for anyone working in the helping professions... The text is well researched, easy to read, and enhanced by artwork from many contributors. Many of the case examples are multi-cultural. Examples of how women have expressed their grief by documenting their experiences on film, poetry, music and blogs are described. The last three chapters are the most useful for a counselor, providing practical guidance on creating healing rituals: bodywork, artwork, and exercises for writing, individually or in a therapeutic group. The author stresses that you don't need to be an artist to have a go, and that feelings may be expressed through creative processes that may be hard to verbalize... Whilst acknowledging that this way of working is not for all clients and counsellors, there I much useful material here for therapists who enjoy working creatively with their clients or that clients might be encouraged to experiment with on their own. In summary, a book that is definitely worth reading.