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Reviews & Quotes
Here are excerpts from some of the reviews of 'How I Came To Hold You', as well as quotes made directly to the author or interviewees.
"Heartbreaking and heartwarming...these stories embody tragedy, hope and love."
"So brilliant and moving."
"This beautiful book has shown that with time, love and support, the words can be revealed, shared and bring an empathy, a recognition of the devastation but also, a hope for the future."
"I read this book in a couple of hours. Although I have never lost a child, I felt so emotional at what these people had to go through. It made me cry but also made me smile. Big Hugs to you all."
"You are so very brave. Don't think I could ever lay myself bare the way you have. Your courage will mean so much to so many who won't ever know you but will be comforted by your strength. Not easy to believe your life will go on unless someone who knows that it will can show you hope."
"This has been written with compassion and empathy. He has listened to what these parents have said and got it right."
"This book helped me a lot to feel like I'm not on my own. What happened to me has happened to lots of people, it's just not talked about."
"This book provides worried parents with future pregnancies feel some form of comfort and I wish it was out sooner. Perhaps then my negativity might not have been so terrible. What a fantastic read and thank you to all 17 families for sharing your stories. Brought many tears to my eyes, in a bittersweet way at times."
"This book has been delicately put together with the true stories from 17 bereaved parents after the loss of their baby. This number represents the same amount of babies that are lost to miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death across the UK DAILY.
"If you are unfortunate enough to experience baby loss, I strongly recommend this book. After 3 early miscarriages and losing Oliver at 22 weeks, sometimes all you want to know is your feelings are 'Normal' but as it is so taboo, you find yourself keeping your feelings to your self or your partner. This books lets you into the worlds of others who have experienced the same pain, and makes you feel understood for me for the first time.
"This book tells such heartbreaking stories of loss, but more than that shows how indomitable the human spirit is when faced with unspeakable sadness. The families in this book have had the worst thrown at them but have been brave enough to speak out to help others on the same journey as them."
"What an amazing thing to do to write a book showing how the death of a baby can turn your life upside down. Very poignant that you chose to write about 17 families too."
"I have cried and smiled reading this book. Although my own story is included, which I obviously know so well, all the families featured are inspirational and amazingly strong people to share their experience and help such a wonderful charity."
"This book oozes love and respect for fellow sufferers of the terrible loss of their treasured babies. Wonderfully written."
"I read it in one go and found it sensitively and beautifully written. The parents who shared their stories are so brave and I really felt honoured to read about their precious babies who had been lost at different stages of pregnancy and birth, including what happened to them afterwards and their experiences of support - both good and bad.