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Why is it so hard to cope with infertility? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Ken Doka, professor at The College of New Rochelle and the the author of Disenfranchised Grief; and Kris Faasse, Director of Adoption for Bethany Christian Services.

 

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • Why is infertility grief referred to as “disenfranchised grief”?
  • Why is infertility grief sometimes called an ambiguous loss?
  • What are the typical triggers for infertility grief?
  • What is the quadruple whammy of infertility?
  • Why is the right to mourn so powerful?
  • What triggers can happen after adoption?
  • Do men and women handle grief in a different manner?
  • What are the predominant styles for grieving?
  • How to handle the grief associated with a miscarriage?
  • How can unresolved infertility grief impact an adoption or adoptive parenting?
  • What type of pre-adoption education and counseling can help?
  • Why is adoption not a cure for infertility?
  • How can infertility grief affect attachment in adoption?
  • What are some techniques for coming to term with infertility grief?
  • How do you know if you have healed sufficiently from infertility to move on to adoption?

 

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Show originally aired in 2013.