Book Description: The cause of the number-one killer of apparently healthy infants between the ages of one week and one yearâ€”Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)â€”continues to defy science. This cruel mystery intensifies an already painful experience for bereaved parents, who frequently blame themselves for their babyâ€™s death. This book explores how parents grieve, the meanings and casual explanations they attribute to a SIDS death, the effects of their grief on family relationships, and the strategies they use to cope and carry on. Karen Martinâ€™s grounded theory study describes in detail the experiences of mothers and fathers whose babies died of SIDS ranging from less than one to over twenty-five years after the babyâ€™s death. Her work makes an important contribution to health fields and to the social science of medicine, and is a critical resource for family doctors, public health nurses, counsellors, ministers, and all those working with grieving parents.