The Quiet Mourning - A Chronicle of Pregnancy Loss Narrative Essay by Nicky

The Quiet Mourning - A Chronicle of Pregnancy Loss
Narrative essay about losing a pregnancy.
# 148503 | 3,561 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This essay is a personal narrative about a woman's miscarriage. The paper describes, in first person, how the woman felt upon learning she was pregnant and the excitement that built up as she bought things for her new baby. Then, the essay tells of how she had a miscarriage and the narrator's experiences of loss and grief. The narrator details the emotional support she received and also the lack of sympathy, particularly when receiving medical care. Additionally, the paper includes some poems about pregnancy loss.

From the Paper:

"At that moment I jumped up, raced home, put the dog up, and raced to the drug store to pick up the latest home pregnancy test. The few minutes that I had to wait for the test stick to react seemed like suspended time. I thought about how to express my happiness; should I call my husband at work to tell him the good new - if indeed there were good news to share. Or should I prepare a quiet and romantic dinner for two at home to spring the news on him. When the test stick told me that I was pregnant, the answer as to what to do was clear to me. I took an afghan from the closet, and snuggled with my new life on the couch. It was my first real bonding with the tiny life inside of me."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kohner, Nancy, and Alix Henley. When a Baby Dies: The Experience of Late Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Neonatal Death. New York: Routledge, 2001. Questia. 11 May 2009 <>.
  • Seftel, Laura. Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss through the Arts. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006. Questia. 11 May 2009 <>.

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