Baby Loss Interview Questions
As you know, I am working on writing a book titled, "Journaling Your Way Through Pregnancy Loss." The goal of this book is to help encourage other grieving mothers and provide an outlet to help them process, embrace, and better understand their grief. But I need your help! Baby loss is so unique to all of us, and I'd really like to include any wisdom, insights, and stories you may have. My hope is that your perspective and story will help enrich the content and allow me to build upon the different aspects of grief surrounding baby loss.

The following thirty questions take a look at grief and life after pregnancy loss. Not all questions will be applicable to you, but please feel free to answer as many as you can, as honestly as you can. The more detailed your answers, the more helpful it will be for me. Most likely, I will end up choosing one or two of your answers to put into my "Journaling Through Pregnancy Loss" book.

Any answers that I use in my book, I will attribute to you (first name or pseudonym). If you want to share something with me, but do NOT want to have it included, please make specific note of that in the question. Please note that I may also edit any answers for grammar or length before using them in the book.

Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability. I hope that the answers to these questions will eventually be used to help encourage other grieving mamas too. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to shoot me an email!

Your first name:
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Your email address: (I will only contact you if I have a question regarding one of your answers.)
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If I use any of your following responses within the "Journaling Your Way Through Pregnancy Loss" book, I will attribute them to you. Please choose whether you'd prefer I use your real name or a pseudonym for any answers used:
1. Would you share your story with me? Please share it here: (As much as you feel comfortable with me sharing in the book.)
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2. How many losses have you experienced / at what week?
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3. Is there anything about pregnancy loss that surprised you? Or that you wished someone had told you before you went through it?
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4. Immediately after your loss, did you talk openly about it? Why or why not? Has that changed over time?
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5. What helped you to process and work through your grief?
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6. How has this loss impacted or influenced your faith?
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7. What has been your biggest struggle with grief? Did you feel pressured to grieve faster / slower? Where have you found beauty and joy amidst the sorrow?
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8. For those who struggle with infertility, how does this affect your grief?
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9. Before your loss, what were your thoughts on miscarriage / stillbirth? How did the actual loss differ (or compare to) your expectations?
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10. Did you experience feelings of guilt after your loss? Or anger? Was there anyone who you blamed for this loss? (ie: yourself, others, medical professionals, God, etc.) Can you describe a specific situation surrounding these emotions? What helped you to release these feelings?
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11. Did you struggle with post-partum depression? If you did, can you share a bit about that?
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12. What triggers your grief? (Example: seeing a pregnant woman, a newborn baby, hearing a specific song, etc). Are there any stories you can share about when you felt this way?
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13. Have you found yourself comparing your grief to those around you? Or feeling envious of mothers who haven't experienced this type of loss? If yes, can you share a bit about that?
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14. What kind of motherhood firsts do you feel robbed of? What emotions do you feel when you see other women’s healthy pregnancies?
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15. How did your spouse’s grief differ from your own? Has your relationship with your spouse been changed by this loss? Did you feel frustrated or supported by your spouse during the grieving process?
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16. If you have living children, have you seen examples of their own grief? How do you approach discussions surrounding loss?
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17. What activities or acts of remembrance have you participated in to remember and grieve your loss? Do you celebrate their birthdays / milestones? If so, how?
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18. What sort of insensitive remarks have you heard from those around you? Are there any specific times you feel comfortable sharing?
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19. What was your first mother’s day after loss like? Your first Christmas? Or their due date?
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20. Did you ever worry that your child would be forgotten? How have you fought to keep their memory alive?
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21. What is most isolating about grief? Where have you found support? Where have you found community? Have any of your friendships changed after loss?
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22. How has your family responded to this grief? Do they know about it? Have they been a support or hindrance to your grief journey? (If you’d like to use a pseudonym instead of your real name for this question, please note that in your answer.)
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23. In what ways have people supported you during your loss? What did you find most helpful?
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24. For those who have experienced a pregnancy after loss, what did that look like? What sort of fears arose during the pregnancy? What influenced your decision to start trying again? What are some things that you wish people understood about your situation?
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25. For those who are still waiting on their rainbows, how does this influence your grief? What are some things that you wish people understood about your situation?
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26. For those who have decided not to try again (or are unable to try again), how does this influence your grief? What are some things that you wish people understood about your situation?
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27. What are your thoughts on embracing and uncovering your grief? Was there a time when you tried to run from your grief rather than face it? What does “embracing your grief” look like for you?
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28. What does it mean to you that we have hope for tomorrow? How has your understanding of eternity influenced the way your mourn?
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29. Has time changed the way you grieve? How?
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30. Is there anything else you'd like to share regarding pregnancy loss, grief, or your experience?
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