Holding on to a doll may allow the person to have a partial experience of actualising all those parts of the story that have been building up over a lifetime.
A Spanish company called Babyclon that creates hyperrealistic dolls made out of silicone that some parents use in order to cope with losing a child.
They make a wide variety of hyperrealistic dolls
In addition to the human dolls that the company makes, they also make dolls made inspired by the film ‘Avatar’.
They’re handcrafted from silicone, and they also offer kits where you can paint the doll depending on your desired skin color.
The dolls cost about $2000 each, and they’re not only popular with doll enthusiasts, but they’re also being recommended by some therapists for parents to cope with a miscarriage or the death of a child.
Parents use the dolls to cope with loss
The hyperrealistic dolls, called ‘reborn dolls’ are used by parents, and also recommended by therapists for parents trying to cope with losing a child.
David J. Diamond, PhD, psychologist and cofounder and codirector of the Center for Reproductive Psychology shares, “The attachment to a child begins long before the child is actually born; I would say, in some ways, long before the child is even conceived.”
“Holding on to a doll may allow the person to have a partial experience of actualising all those parts of the story that have been building up over a lifetime.”
Aline P. Zoldbrod, PhD, psychologist and author, adds, “It would be helpful for grieving fathers to carry this doll around as well, and for most of the same reasons,” said Zoldbrod. “There is even less permission for men to grieve than there is for women.”
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