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Resource Borrowing Library launches in Cape Breton

By Caitlin Snow Aug 1, 2023 | 11:54 AM

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A new library system for those experiencing pregnancy or infant loss.

Little Spirits Society of Cape Breton is launching the Resource Borrowing Library, August 1, for those who live on Cape Breton Island. Funded by Wellness Fund and Program Development grants from Nova Scotia Health Authority Community Health Boards on Cape Breton Island.

Residents of Cape Breton, particularly in rural areas, have limited access to reading materials regarding this type of loss. Although we have a fantastic public library system, people in the depths of grief may not feel comfortable going to their local library in search of this type of book. We are hoping to bridge that gap in access by offering a confidential mail out service to all residents of Cape Breton Island.” – Christine Dowling, President and Co-Founder of the Little Spirits Society of Cape Breton.

The society has 28 grief-related books available to borrow, free of charge, including shipping and return postage. They now have books specifically for miscarriage, stillbirth and termination for medical reasons, as well as books for fathers, grandparents and young siblings.

It’s a confidential, self-referral program.

You can borrow two books at a time for four weeks, when you send the two books back in, you can then borrow another two.

Two French language adult books and one children’s book are available to borrow. The society is still searching for books in Arabic, German and other languages to add to the collection in the hopes of being accessible and convenient for all residents to use.

Posters and brochures will be distributed in hospitals and doctor’s offices highlighting the benefits of the program and how to get in contact with the society.

Approximately 1 in 4 conceptions end in some form of loss, and stillbirth occurs in 4.5 out of every 1000 pregnancies.



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