Baby Loss

If you have experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or any kind of pregnancy loss, please check out the following helpful resources:

Among Women Podcast: Episode 89 

(Ellen Gable interviewed by Pat Gohn, topic: miscarriage and pregnancy loss)

Morning Light Ministry is a Catholic ministry for bereaved mothers and bereaved fathers who have experienced the death of their baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death up to one year old. This Catholic ministry also welcomes bereaved parents of other Christian denominations, bereaved parents of other faiths and bereaved parents of no religious affiliation who are struggling with the very notion of faith.

The Apostolate of Hannah’s Tears is a helpful resource for women who have experienced baby loss and infertility.

Understanding Miscarriage Understanding your loss from a Catholic perspective. Scripture references, prayers, and ideas on coping.

Bereaved Parents Group at Faith & Family Connect

The Shrine of the Holy Innocents You may submit your baby’s name – whether baby was born still or miscarried or pre-term birth – to this shrine,
located in the Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City. Your baby’s name will be written into a Book of Life, and you will receive an emailed Certificate of Life as a keepsake.

Griefwatch Resources for bereaved people and professionals. Of particular
note are their books for families to help explain infant loss to children: We Were Gonna Have a Baby But We Had An Angel Instead by Pat Shwiebert is a gentle book for ages two and up. Someone Came Before You is a book by the same author and illustrator Taylor Bills written for children who come after the loss of an older sibling.

Project Rachel

A page of prayers for a miscarriage from EWTN

Still Life 365 Created by American bereaved mother, writer, and artist Angie Kenna Yingst, Still Life 365 is a year of art by mothers, fathers, and family members from around the world grieving babies.

Names in the Sand Australian bereaved mother Carly Marie Dudley writes babies’ names in the sand as a free memorial.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15

Finally, here are links to some of my reflections and experiences with pregnancy loss:

Ecce Ancilla Domini

Responsible Parenthood

Karen Edmisten’s book, “After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope” is a terrific resource.

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14 thoughts on “Baby Loss

  1. Hi Ellen, I wonder if you have seen the Apostolate of Hannah’s Tears blog. It is a ministry to support the broken hearted who are experiencing grief due to infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, adoption… There are a lot of resources listed on the site. I have met some wonderful people who work hard to help others, through my involvement with this blog.

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  7. Thanks for these resources – they are so important. When my wife went through her miscarriage, it really was the faith of the family as a whole that got us through a very emotional time. And, surprisingly, our 5-year-old daughter was the most positive of all of us, praying constantly for her lost sibling, now in Heaven. Her drawings of our lost child with a little halo gave me strength and made me so proud of my daughter.

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