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Welcome to the forum.
Congratulations on your new girl, I hope you'll share pictures of her with us.
My bridge girl was a former puppy mill momma girl that I adopted at the age of 2. She had been turned into a high kill shelter, a GR Rescue in my State took her into their program. She was very unhealthy and terrified...... I did a foster to adopt of her while she was receiving medical treatments. Once healthy I officially adopted her.
I went through a very similar situation with her that you are going through with your girl. It takes a lot of time and patience. Once she feels safe and she feels she can trust you, it will be much easier but it's going to take time.
My girl had also been verbally and physically abused, it was a very slow process. I had her for 9 years before I had to let her go due to cancer when she was 11. She turned out to be an absolute sweetheart.
Take it slow, don't rush her.......
I'm not sure how to help her with the loss of her puppies, my girl always carried stuffed animals throughout my house the 9 years she was with me. She would take one out of the toy box, take it to another location, get another one, do the same thing. Usually half the stuffies were throughout the house, some in her bed, some in the bathroom, etc.