After Miscarriage

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. 

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  1. TRS says

    If you’re compiling books for this ministry, may I suggest “I Will Carry You” by Angie Smith.
    My dear friend suffered a miscarriage while I was reading it… about 18 pages in, I set the book down and ordered a copy for her… picked the book back up and finished it in a couple hours.
    It’s not from a Catholic perspective, but Christian nonetheless.

    My friend said the book was a great help in comfort.

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting in. This title sounds vaguely familiar to me. I will have to check our “library” to see if we have it. I may have gotten it from either a friend who is a Protestant minister and hospital chaplain or a funeral home contact who has an extensive grief library. Thanks again!

  2. says

    I wish I would have found this book sooner! I just found out I miscarried again, after just miscarrying a little over 3mos ago.
    I have so many questions and need to make a few decisions… I found this blog while searching for a Catholic forum re:miscarriage. Do you know of one? I’d love to chat with some Catholic Mamas who’ve been here…
    I’m so sorry that you have had to suffer miscarriage too.

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