People don’t often talk about miscarriage. When experiencing one, women and men often don’t know who to connect with, where to turn for help; the resources that are available remain unknown.
Our regular readers know Joel and I have experienced two miscarriages. After both, our experience in receiving medical care and spiritual counsel was less than ideal, leaving us with many questions and unfortunately some regrets about how we journeyed through the process. Joel is now in deacon formation with the Diocese of Des Moines and has created a miscarriage ministry as part of his studies. When we stumble upon great resources to add to our ministry library, we are both elated (someone else has done the heavy lifting!) and grateful (in hopes people will have better resources to reconcile their miscarriage than we did).
Our friend Pat Gohn, the feminine genius behind Among Women, has interviewed Karen Edmisten about her new book After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope. The book is about grief, healing, and hope after miscarriage and dives into the raw emotions that accompany such an experience. Having experienced multiple miscarriages herself, Karen shares excerpts from her personal journals, as well as other women’s stories, rich quotes about grieving and the healing process, and practical advice. A helpful resource section includes a wide variety of information from both Catholic and secular sources.
The Among Women podcast with Karen (two-part series) is available at Pat Gohn’s website. More information about Karen’s book is available at her website. Thank you, Pat and Karen, for shining a light on a topic that both women and men don’t get to talk about very easily.