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My experiences in the 60s after the birth and removal of my child (Part 1)

Mothers

As I walked past the building where my 6-7 week old baby lay I said to mum “he’s in there”.

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My experiences in the 60s after the birth and removal of my child (Part 3)

Mothers

All I ever wanted to be was a mother so I guess I reached that goal !! The 5 steps of grief and loss come in any order and last any length of time. Shock, Denial, Sadness (depression), Anger, > Acceptance. When one knows this it can be easier to understand oneself and others.

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My hospital experience

Mothers

There have been enormous changes in attitudes since 1970 and there is now much more acceptance of single parent families.

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My mother named me Darrin

Adopted people

I can at least say that I had an otherwise happy and privileged upbringing in my adopted family but my adoptive mother passed away before telling me the truth about where I came from.

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My name is Bev and this is my story

Mothers

Christmas 2013 came and she opened her birthday and Christmas present.

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My name is Bev and this is my story part 3

Mothers

Together and never again to be parted? Well, not exactly!

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My work as a post-adoption counsellor

Workers

Post-adoption counselling can be enormously helpful.

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My experiences in the 60s after the birth and removal of my child (Part 2)

Mothers

During my bereavement I read a book on loss and grief – and “happiness is a choice” became my maxim. A challenging Ideal to say the least!! Also – “Grief is the price we pay for love”.

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My first meeting with one of my brothers November 2006

Adopted people

It was a emotional filled weekend which is so hard to describe but we have developed a great relationship.

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My life throughout my son’s childhood

Mothers

There have been enormous changes in attitudes since 1970 and there is now much more acceptance of single parent families.

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My mother was adopted back in 1941

Family

It's all very precise though and doesn't go into how much heartbreak and anguish that surely would have been felt by my grandmother, mother and other family members that had to deal with the 'giving up' of these babies."

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My name is Bev and this is my story part 2

Mothers

Back-track six months and a young girl, three months pregnant walking towards the beach, trying to formulate a way to kill myself.

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My was son taken with no compassion or information 19-10-1966

Mothers

I was about to begin a search for my adopted boy when my son; his brother passed away with melenoma cancer. I became fearful if I found him he would think I was only doing it to try and replace my son I lost, nor I did not know where to begin either. Not a day has gone by without him in my thoughts.

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No apology can fix what has happened for thousands of us.

Adopted people

No apology can fix what has happened for thousands of us.

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