Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss through the Arts

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Subject Index
Page numbers in italic refer to figures.
Aborigine (Australia) 136 abortion 22, 76, 90, 91, 116
creative expression about 22, 118, 145
definition 45, 136
emotional impact 29, 46, 136–7
multi-fetal pregnancy 47–8
poetry 46
political issues 28, 45–6, 91, 136–7
severe fetal abnormalities 46–7
acceptance of loss 57–8, 168
adoption 45, 85, 92
Adoration of the Magi 71, 13
African traditions 127, 128, 129 see also Cameroon; Ghana; Nigeria
ambivalence, about pregnancy 34, 75, 76, 86, 90
Amos, T. 87–8
amulets 134
angel 28, 71, 80, 88, 113
anger 32–3, 58, 120, 165–6 see also rage
Anglo-Saxon see British traditions
Anguish of Loss (Fritsch) 86
anniversaries, of loss 172
Annunciation 71
Anthropology of Miscarriage (Cecil) 125
Aquanaut (Moffatt) 88
Arnolfini Wedding (van Eyck) 72
art exhibits, pregnancy loss 17, 29, 55, 117–23,
art installations 118–9
art materials 98, 152–4, 156
art therapy 96–8, 100–3
Artists Way (Cameron) 116
arts in healthcare 18, 55
assistive technology see fertility treatments
attachment, psychological 16, 28, 47, 61–3, 103 see also fetus, attachment
“The Babies” (Minty) 46
baby showers 24, 101, 134
balloons, in rituals 141, 167, 169
baptism 131
Beginning of the End (Tabitha) 101–2, 102
Belgium 20, 140
bereavement counseling see grief counseling
bereavement teams 50, 54
Bergman, I. 89
birth
experiences 24, 111
imagery 70–3, 76, 89, 111–12,
song 129
see also stillbirth
Birth Figure #4 (Chicago & Babson) 76–7, 77
Birth of Venus (Rafael) 72
Birth Project, The (Chicago) 76–7
black bird imagery 80–1
blood, associated with miscarriage 36, 60, 101, 107, 157
body grief 157–9
imagery 63–4, 81,
healing 97, 106, 114, 159–61
see also physical reactions to loss
Botticelli, A. 72
Brink of Life (Bergman) 89
British traditions 129, 134
Broken (Sharp) 78
Buddhist traditions 71, 135–6
Cameroon traditions (Bamileke) 23
Campeau, T. 31, 123, 168
candles, in rituals 140, 141, 143
Carver, M. 16, 42, 118, 139
Casa de los Babies (Sayles) 92
Catholic traditions 127, 131, 133 see also Virgin Mary, Jesus imagery
“Celebration of My Uterus” (Sexton) 85
cervical stenosis 41
Chagall, M. 74
chanting 87, 95, 167
Chicago, J. 69, 75–77, 77, 84, 86, 93
children and pregnancy loss 65–7
Chinese traditions 128, 134, 135
chlamydia 40–1
Christening Dresses (van Stappen) 120
Christian traditions 72–3, 131–2
Christmas 147, 172
cinema see films
Citizen Ruth (Payne)
Civilization of the Goddess 70 see also goddess
clay, for healing 101, 103, 104, 159
collage 101, 151, 153, 165
commemorative ceremonies 140 see also rituals
Coppola, F.F. 91
Corazon Materno (Key) 81–2, 82
Cordes, S. 168
Cordes, W. 168
couples
impact of grief38, 43, 63, 65, 102, 114, 157
in groups 102
creative activities for pregnancy loss 19, 102, 155–72
creative blocks 105, 116–17, 149
creative process 106, 109, 116–17, 149–54, 173,
crib 24, 78
cultural differences in grieving 30, 59, 105, 126
Curtain Call (D. Savino) 111, 112
cyber-rituals 146–7
D&C see dilation and curettage
“D and C” (McCarthy) 36
Da Vinci, Leonardo 72
dance 8 see also movement
dance therapy 97, 98, 102–3
Dancing Up the Moon (Lysne) 142
de Mornay, R. 91
de Pisan, C. 83
delayed grief 140
depression 32, 85, 98
Dern, L. 91
A Different Kind of Parenting 50, 58, 144
dilation and curettage 29, 51, 55
disenfranchised grief46, 57
dolls 42, 75, 81, 83, 101, 127, 142 see also surrogate babies
drawing, for healing 60, 66, 99, 103, 112
Dream Trap (Carver) 42–3, 43
drumming 87, 99
ectopic pregnancy 22, 37–8, 86, 140, 120, 162, 173
elective abortion see abortion
“Elegy, the Fertility Specialist” (Thesan) 44
embryo
imagery 30, 143
use of the word 27–8
Emin, T. 117
emptiness, feeling of37, 45, 59, 104, 120, 162, 173
Empty Arms (Ilse) 86
endometriosis 40, 111
envy 34–5, 86
Envy (Dick) 86
Estabrooks, D. 80
examining table 55
exhibitions see art exhibits
“Expecting” (Seftel) 21

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Foreword 9
  • Acknowledgments 13
  • Introduction- a Grief without a Shape 15
  • 1- My Story 21
  • 2- Losing a Dream 27
  • 3- Griefwork 57
  • 4- Singing the Silence 69
  • 5- Art in Therapy 95
  • 6- Art in the Studio 109
  • 7- Lost Traditions - Butter, Toads, and Miracles 125
  • 8- New Rituals - The Creative Response to Loss 139
  • 9- Creating Your Own Healing Practice through the Arts 149
  • 10- Creative Activities 155
  • Conclusion 173
  • References 175
  • Further Reading 181
  • Useful Organizations 183
  • Subject Index 187
  • Author Index 191
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