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Gathering of Angels: Seeking Healing after an Infant's Death

Author(s): Vicki Leland

ISBN13: 9780879464271

ISBN10: 0879464275


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  • Beginning in 2006, Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, Victoria Leland, RN, found her life remarkably intertwined with five mothers whose premature babies died in her NICU. After she witnessed each of these mothers struggle alone in grief, Leland brought these women together and created an informal support group, which they fondly called their "Good Grief Group." Their regular gathering, sharing, and volunteerism immensely helped each woman, and also helped them become "angels" to others experiencing the heartbreak of infant death.

    Inspired by their stories, Leland compiled A Gathering of Angels, a collection of the wisdom these five mothers gained by opening their hearts and sharing their feelings and experiences on twenty-two different aspects of grief.

    Although diverse in their ages, religions, experiences, and professions, these grieving mothers and their NICU nurse share their intensely personal stories in ways that create an incredibly universal book that will speak to readers from all walks of life. Parents who grieve the loss of a baby will find validation, hope, and consolation. Those trying to assist a loved one who has lost a baby will find understanding about parental grief and will be empowered to more effectively help their loved one experiencing this unique type of grief.

    No one should grieve alone. Follow these women on the path they forged and let A Gathering of Angels become an angel to you on your own grief journey and inspire you to become an angel to someone else in need.


    Victoria Leland, RN, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She practiced as a hospital bedside nurse for twenty-seven years, twenty of which were in Neonatal Intensive Care. She is an accomplished photographer and has completed two national traveling photo exhibits for the March of Dimes. She is the mother of a prematurely born child and also the author of The Work of Your Hand: Christian Meditations for Parents of Critically Ill Babies in Neonatal Intensive Care.
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Gathering of Angels: Seeking Healing after an Infant's Death