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Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life

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an incredible journey of grief, blessing, and love
When Amy Kuebelbeck was told that the child she was carrying had a fatal heart condition, she and her husband were faced with an impossible decision: to give their baby a chance at life—and with it, enormous pain and suffering—or to let their baby die naturally, most likely just a few weeks after birth. The unforgettable journey that ensued would change not only their lives, but also the lives of everyone who came in contact with them, from family and friends to healthcare workers and complete strangers.

Written with beauty, grace, and undeniable honesty, Waiting with Gabriel is ultimately a story about what it means to cherish life in the midst of letting go.

 
Amy Kuebelbeck, M.A., is a freelance writer and award-winning former reporter and editor for the Associated Press and other news organizations. She frequently speaks at medical conferences and to other groups about the issues raised in her book. Amy, who lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters, is the editor of the Web site www.perinatalhospice.org.

 

 an incredible journey of grief, blessing, and love

When Amy Kuebelbeck was told that the child she was carrying had a fatal heart condition, she and her husband were faced with an impossible decision: to give their baby a chance at life—and with it, enormous pain and suffering—or to let their baby die naturally, most likely just a few weeks after birth. The unforgettable journey that ensued would change not only their lives, but also the lives of everyone who came in contact with them, from family and friends to healthcare workers and complete strangers.

Written with beauty, grace, and undeniable honesty, Waiting with Gabriel is ultimately a story about what it means to cherish life in the midst of letting go.

Amy Kuebelbeck, M.A., is a freelance writer and award-winning former reporter and editor for the Associated Press and other news organizations. She frequently speaks at medical conferences and to other groups about the issues raised in her book. Amy, who lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters, is the editor of the Web site www.perinatalhospice.org.

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This is the true story of the infant death of Gabriel Kuebelbeck Neuzil. He lived nine months inside his mother with only half a heart; he lived but two and a half hours once he was born. In that time, a whole community gathered to celebrate, love, and honor him.
In Waiting with Gabriel, Gabriel's mother, Amy Kuebelbeck, shares the story of her family's heartbreaking loss as well as the conundrum facing all parents whose babies are diagnosed with a prenatal terminal condition: What happens when keeping your baby alive and sparing him or her unnecessary pain are mutually exclusive?

Synopsis:

One family's story of celebrating life and honoring death...

Gabriel Neuzil lived nine months inside his mother with only a half a heart.  He lived but two and a half hours once he was born.  In that time, a whole community gathered to celebrate, love, and honor him.

Gabriel's mother, Amy Kuebelbeck, shared the story of her family's heartbreaking loss as well as the tragedy of all babies born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  After meeting with parents, counselors, medical professionals, and their parish priest, the Kuebelbecks faced the ultimate conundrum: What happens when keeping your baby alive and sparing him unnecessary pain are mutually exclusive?

With courage and clarity, the Kuebelbecks chose to offer Gabriel the best possible life in the short time he would be with them.  Gabriel died peacefully in his mother's arms, surrounded by people who loved him.

"Kuebelbeck's touching story of her son's short life will bring solace to all.   Her gentle words and shared personal experience will provide an inner strength and positive guidance to those who make the decision of comfort care for their baby."-- CATHI LAMMERT, R.N., national director, SHARE Pregnancy and Infrant Loss Support, Inc.

"With candor and tenderness, Amy Kuebelbeck offers companionship to those of us who face the bitter reality of loving and losing a child. Waiting with Gabriel gives readers a glimpse into a sacred season in which a family savors life in the face of death."--NANCY GUTHRIE, author, Holding On to Hope

"Exquisite and tender.... If you are going through a similar ordeal, this book will walk with you, illuminating your path and comforting you with the realizatin that you are not alone."--DEBORAH L. DAVIS, M Ph. D., author, Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, and Living and Letting Go.

Synopsis:

In this powerful memoir, Amy Kuebelbeck shares the heartbreaking story of the brief life of her son, Gabriel, born with a rare heart defect. Told in intimate, artful prose, this story is not simply of personal tragedyit is one of deep parental love and of cherishing life.

About the Author

Amy Kuebelbeck, M.A., is a freelance writer and award-winning former reporter and editor for the Associated Press and other news organizations. She frequently speaks at medical conferences and to other groups about the issues raised in her book. Amy, who lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters, is the editor of the Web site www.perinatalhospice.org.

Table of Contents

contents

    Chapter 1    the news  1

    Chapter 2    the decision  11

    Chapter 3    waiting with gabriel  39

    Chapter 4    hello  91

    Chapter 5    goodbye  111

    Epilogue      129

    Acknowledgments      163

    Endnotes      167

Product Details

ISBN:
9780829428568
Author:
Kuebelbeck, Amy
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Subject:
Infant death
Subject:
loss of a baby
Subject:
prenatal terminal condition
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 in 0.58 lb

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Religion » Christianity » Christian Life » Death, Grief, Bereavement
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"Synopsis" by ,
This is the true story of the infant death of Gabriel Kuebelbeck Neuzil. He lived nine months inside his mother with only half a heart; he lived but two and a half hours once he was born. In that time, a whole community gathered to celebrate, love, and honor him.
In Waiting with Gabriel, Gabriel's mother, Amy Kuebelbeck, shares the story of her family's heartbreaking loss as well as the conundrum facing all parents whose babies are diagnosed with a prenatal terminal condition: What happens when keeping your baby alive and sparing him or her unnecessary pain are mutually exclusive?
"Synopsis" by ,

One family's story of celebrating life and honoring death...

Gabriel Neuzil lived nine months inside his mother with only a half a heart.  He lived but two and a half hours once he was born.  In that time, a whole community gathered to celebrate, love, and honor him.

Gabriel's mother, Amy Kuebelbeck, shared the story of her family's heartbreaking loss as well as the tragedy of all babies born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  After meeting with parents, counselors, medical professionals, and their parish priest, the Kuebelbecks faced the ultimate conundrum: What happens when keeping your baby alive and sparing him unnecessary pain are mutually exclusive?

With courage and clarity, the Kuebelbecks chose to offer Gabriel the best possible life in the short time he would be with them.  Gabriel died peacefully in his mother's arms, surrounded by people who loved him.

"Kuebelbeck's touching story of her son's short life will bring solace to all.   Her gentle words and shared personal experience will provide an inner strength and positive guidance to those who make the decision of comfort care for their baby."-- CATHI LAMMERT, R.N., national director, SHARE Pregnancy and Infrant Loss Support, Inc.

"With candor and tenderness, Amy Kuebelbeck offers companionship to those of us who face the bitter reality of loving and losing a child. Waiting with Gabriel gives readers a glimpse into a sacred season in which a family savors life in the face of death."--NANCY GUTHRIE, author, Holding On to Hope

"Exquisite and tender.... If you are going through a similar ordeal, this book will walk with you, illuminating your path and comforting you with the realizatin that you are not alone."--DEBORAH L. DAVIS, M Ph. D., author, Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, and Living and Letting Go.

"Synopsis" by , In this powerful memoir, Amy Kuebelbeck shares the heartbreaking story of the brief life of her son, Gabriel, born with a rare heart defect. Told in intimate, artful prose, this story is not simply of personal tragedyit is one of deep parental love and of cherishing life.
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