Episode 123 - Christine Scott: Shadow Grief: Perinatal Loss and Bereavement

Monday, July 08, 2013, 9:24:17 AM

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In this episode, Christine Scott defines perinatal loss and discusses the impact of perinatal bereavement on the parents and family. Using her personal experience with this type loss as a backdrop, Ms. Scott describes the effect of perinatal bereavement on the individual and family, and offers suggestions for the social work response at all three levels of practice.

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Average Rating: 5stars  inspiring podcast on perinatal loss, Sunday, February 14, 2021

By Victoria M :

I enjoyed listening to this podcast and seeing that this type of loss is being talked about. Although I have not experienced this type of loss myself, I know many that have and that it is often not talked about. As a CPS worker, I have worked with families who have experienced miscarriages or infant deaths. I am completing my MSW in hopes of working more directly with pregnant women and mothers. I know there are bereavement services available in my community, but this podcast has sparked my interest in looking more into if there is a program or agency that specializes in perinatal loss.
The discussion of shadow grief helped put into perspective for me why this type of loss is so much harder to talk about than the loss of an adult loved one or friend. As a mother, I have experienced the fear of announcing a pregnancy until after a certain milestone with the thought that it may end in miscarriage or celebrating the 24-week gestation knowing that if my child was born after that point, they would likely survive. I remember the anxiety I felt when I did not feel kicks for a longer than usual period of time and the anxiety as I went into labor of all the "what ifs" that could happen. For me, I think it was a shame or embarrassment that I did not want to have to tell the world that something happened or that my body failed in supporting a healthy, full-term pregnancy. It is inspiring to see that some are willing to tell their stories, like Christine, and this podcast has further solidified my desire to work with this population. I have also seen the stories of perinatal loss shared more openly on social media and many that I know have now started posting about their own losses. I think it is important to discuss these losses and for there to be trauma-informed programs available to do so.

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Average Rating: 5stars  perinatal loss & bereavement, Sunday, March 16, 2014

By Allison E. :

This was an extremely interesting podcast to listen to. Christine Scott's openness about such an emotional subject was enlightening. When Christine states that with the loss of a child "a piece of the future is lost" and the "betrayal of ones own body," it provides an explanation for why society feels so hesitant to discuss the subject of the loss of a child. One of the most interesting subjects that Christine explored was the type of support WNY Perinatal Bereavement Network provides, primarily the burying and cremation support. While a family is grieving, preparations to say goodbye to the child is most likely not what the family is thinking about. Again, this podcast was extremely interesting. I strongly feel that individuals with little interest or knowledge of perinatal loss and bereavement would enjoy this podcast.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great podcast on perinatal loss & bereavement, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Angel G. Graham :

I highly recommend that others listen to Christine's podcast on this subject matter as she is not only open with sharing her own personal experience with perinatal loss and bereavement but explains how best individuals can assist and be of benefit to others who are dealing with this type of loss. The podcast also provides valuable links to WNY resources for families that are dealing with this difficult life experience.

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