They are gone too soon—precious little ones lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. However brief their lives, they are not soon forgotten. And the pain of their loss is very real to parents and family. This book is a tenderly crafted message of comfort and counsel for those who have lost—or for those who know someone who has lost—little children.
Author Sherri D. Wittwer, who knows the poignant reality of such a loss, writes from a Latter-day Saint perspective of special gospel insights that can bring comfort and aid in the healing process as well as strengthen faith in the Lord. Wittwer draws on her own, as well as others’, moving experiences and reflections as she discusses the grieving process for parents and siblings and the spiritual resolution that makes acceptance possible. She portrays the pain, disbelief, anger, acceptance, and finally the peace of those who have endured this difficult trial. With them, you’ll come to understand the kindness and mercy of a loving Father in Heaven who has promised a special place in His kingdom for those precious “angel babies.”
We were given this book within a few days of our first child's stillbirth at nearly full term. My mom read it immediately in the hospital as we prepared for the funeral. My husband and I read it in the weeks and months to follow. There are a lot of comforting quotes from General Authorities on stillborn and infant deaths. The book did not seem to claim it was espousing doctrine, but providing words of General Authorities in the restored gospel. I have since purchased this book and given to other grieving parents. Highly recommended read for anyone associated with or who wants to learn more about infant and unborn children loss.
Horrible book. Will cause more hurt than harm and is not doctrinally sound. She tries to claim that all miscarriages mean there is a baby in heaven. There is no doctrine anywhere that says that. If that were true, over 60 percent of God's children wouldn't get a chance at mortal life here. Furthermore, the author writes with a critical tonality. She tries to say all losses are the same: they aren't. Stillbirth and infant loss are far more devastating than miscarriage-- ask any woman who has had the misfortune of experiencing both. The author has only experienced one type of loss: first trimester miscarriage. She does not have the credibility that this sort of book requires. In a final note, she is misleading in her writing. When she says " a mother who has lost five children" what she means to say is "a mother who has had five miscarriages", i doubt the mother has had five stillbirths or infant losses.
I bought this for my daughter and her husband when their son was delivered stillborn at 20 weeks. I had not read it prior to buying it, but the description lead me to believe it was just the right book to help them with understanding The Lord's plan for these little ones and their place in his kingdom. She found it a great comfort and gave it to me to read. It is wonderfully comforting.
A friend gave me this book after my precious daughter was born still born. This book was perfect in helping to answer my questions and help me through the grieving process. This book was written to address miscarriages, stillborn, and infant death.