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Dolls Replace Lost Babies (custom-made life-like dolls)
Sky News ^ | 02/23/07

Posted on 02/23/2007 5:45:03 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Dolls Replace Lost Babies

Updated: 15:23, Thursday February 22, 2007

Parents struggling to cope with losing a baby are easing their grief with replica dolls of their lost children.

The lifelike models, called Reborn Dolls, have a mechanical beating heart, realistic hair and even veins, says The Sun.

Experts make them look identical to a child that has died, and weights are placed in their limbs and bodies to mimic the way a real baby would feel to hold.

Wendy Graham, one of the UK's leading 'Reborners', has made several dolls for grieving parents in the past four years.

Replica dolls "It was so sad when I received my first picture of a dead child," she said. "I hoped my doll would turn out exactly like the baby and the couple would be happy with it. It's a strange thing to do."

The 40-year-old, from Lincoln, added: "Just because a baby has died doesn't mean they should be forgotten. Reborns have so much colour, they look so lifelike - as if they're sleeping."

But the Child Bereavement Trust, a charity that counsels grieving families, has warned against parents replacing lost babies with models.

It told The Sun: "It's more helpful for them to face the reality of what is happening and express their painful feelings without relying on such a doll."

The Reborn industry is successful in the US, but is only just starting in Britain.

Most dolls are bought by collectors, who pay up to £450 for each one.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baby; doll; replicadoll

Some Samples


1 posted on 02/23/2007 5:45:05 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: AntiGuv; neverdem

Ping!


2 posted on 02/23/2007 5:45:27 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, kae jong-il, chia head, pogri, midget sh*tbag)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I don't know for sure, but i don't think i could handle having one of these.


3 posted on 02/23/2007 5:46:33 AM PST by Shimmer128 (But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Kipling)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Creepy. Very creepy.<p.


4 posted on 02/23/2007 5:46:47 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

seems creepy to me- very very creepy and unhealthy to transfer love for a deceased child to an inanimate object no matter how "lifelike" it looks


5 posted on 02/23/2007 5:48:19 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That is freaky and weird.


6 posted on 02/23/2007 5:48:23 AM PST by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

And the infantilization of a generation continues.


7 posted on 02/23/2007 5:48:34 AM PST by Wormwood (Your Friendly Neighborhood Moderate)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"Creepy. Very creepy."

I agree...this is just one notch down the creepiness ladder from those that toss their dead loved ones in the freezer, or take their pets to the taxidermist.

8 posted on 02/23/2007 5:48:50 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Re #4

It is creepy. It could open a new dimension to horror movies.

9 posted on 02/23/2007 5:50:37 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, kae jong-il, chia head, pogri, midget sh*tbag)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

IMHO, anyone who wants one of these should be spending their money on psychiatric help, not a doll.


10 posted on 02/23/2007 5:51:37 AM PST by RebelBanker (May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.)
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To: silverleaf
seems creepy to me- very very creepy and unhealthy to transfer love for a deceased child to an inanimate object no matter how "lifelike" it looks

Agreed.

I can't imagine losing my son - there must be no experience in the world more painful for a parent than the loss of a child - but this seems really out there.

11 posted on 02/23/2007 5:52:33 AM PST by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Some Samples (Repost)


12 posted on 02/23/2007 5:55:57 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, kae jong-il, chia head, pogri, midget sh*tbag)
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To: highball

I did lose my son and you are right. NO greater pain.

But there are NO shortcuts to the grieving process and stunts like this are only going to cause a lot more grief


13 posted on 02/23/2007 5:56:38 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is totally bass-ackwards ...exactly the last thing one should be doing to live with the loss of a child. The child is dead ... turning oneself into a thumb-sucking idiot won't change that fact.


14 posted on 02/23/2007 5:59:25 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They are so lifelike...so real, that it's even creepier. Their "realness" makes them *look* dead.


15 posted on 02/23/2007 6:00:12 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President**)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I agree about the creepiness factor. However, there is a point of deepest grief when a bereaved mother is reduced to being a simple animal crazed with pain. It is really like being an animal because you are all instinct, with no real access to intellect. You can hardly even pray except to say, "God, please make it stop." In those moments your hormones are talking and you just urgently need something small, soft, and warm to hold and nuzzle. All the wiring of the female brain and the flood of hormones urges this.

That said, this doll probably won't do much good because it must take quite long time to order it, and by the time it arrives that point of mad grief is past. Another poster is right in saying that the money is better spent on psychiatric care and medication.

Compassion, folks.


16 posted on 02/23/2007 6:05:18 AM PST by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

But...

what happens when the batteries running the "heart" of the "replacement baby" (Goodness that sounds creepy) die (for lack of a better word)? Wouldn't that just cause more anguish and pain?

But I think that the thought of buying them on Ebay is even more creepy: http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&satitle=reborn+doll

But I must admit the sleeping ones are beautiful. The ones laying there with open eyes (especially the one named Paige on this page: http://www.reborn-baby.com/gallery.html ) kinda...I don't know...bother me.

That said, I hope that neither I nor anyone I love need be in a situation where one of these is needed other than just as a collector item, and if they help a family, wonderful!!!


17 posted on 02/23/2007 6:13:56 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: Cailleach
This was on the link provided. Shocking! Absolutely Shocking.

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18 posted on 02/23/2007 6:51:57 AM PST by Orange1998
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is the creepiest, most bizarre thing I've heard in a long time. Having had a miscarriage myself, this is the last thing I would ever do.

Lord help these people because they seriously need it.


19 posted on 02/23/2007 7:01:12 AM PST by iceskater (One person's mess is another person's filing system.)
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To: Orange1998

oh...I thought you were joking...but no...it's for sale on ebay sans "bottle o' blood." I guess that is what happens when the batteries go?

ick ick ick


20 posted on 02/23/2007 7:05:44 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: TigerLikesRooster

My church has a live Nativity scene and they use a life-like doll as baby Jesus. It's very realistic.


21 posted on 02/23/2007 7:07:26 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Doesn't psychology recognize any aspect of the grieving process anymore?


22 posted on 02/23/2007 7:08:32 AM PST by MortMan (Middle Age: When playing like a child makes you feel like an old man the next morning.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is actually *less* (subjective, I suppose) creepy than parents who create dead infant memorial web pages.

Illustrated with photographs of their dead baby, wearing infant clothes and placed in a crib as if it were alive, with poems and prose in blue or pink, you are left with no doubts that those parents suffer from deep psychological damage.

I do not recommend searching for such pages.


23 posted on 02/23/2007 7:13:36 AM PST by Popocatapetl
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Weird. I predict that within a few years there will be 'RealDoll'-style dolls of little kids, produced for pedos.


24 posted on 02/23/2007 7:15:59 AM PST by Sloth (The GOP is to DemonRats in politics as Michael Jackson is to Jeffrey Dahmer in babysitting.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I'm sorry, but this is bizarre - really bizarre.
25 posted on 02/23/2007 7:20:36 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Don't screw with the Kitties)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"Just because a baby has died doesn't mean they should be forgotten"

Oh man!! Did I ever have this one wrong. Thanks for straightening that out.

What was my daughters name again?

26 posted on 02/23/2007 7:34:09 AM PST by laotzu
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


27 posted on 02/23/2007 9:50:49 AM PST by windcliff
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I suppose people gotta do what they gotta do. But still, this creeps me out.


28 posted on 02/23/2007 9:57:34 AM PST by null and void (Let's play 6 of global warming...)
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To: silverleaf

My condolences on your loss.

Best Regards.


29 posted on 02/24/2007 5:06:21 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.)
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